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By Oscar Maldonado, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - Very little store signage, light traffic and clean streets framed by tall trees - if it were the description of a Carioca neighborhood in the heart of Zona Sul, it would be hard to believe.

Nonetheless, buffered between some of Copacabana’s hills, the Bairro Peixoto is a small community that distinguishes itself from the noisy and hectic nature of Copacabana.

The residents of Bairro Peixoto are well aware of this. That is why they have taken the responsibility of looking after it and naming it one of the last remaining oases of . . .

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