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By Fiona Hurrell, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - New licensing laws will aim to prevent Ipanema’s main shopping street, Visconde de Pirajá, from being dominated by banks and pharmacies. In an attempt to preserve the character of the neighborhood any store hoping to open in Ipanema must, henceforth, apply directly to the Subsecretaria de Patrimônio Cultural (Secretariat for Cultural heritage) for a license.

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