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By Nathan M. Walters, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Prior to the pacification of Vidigal in November 2011, a visit to the favela was usually only made by adventure travelers, or those who had friends to escort them. The idea of a foreigner owning real estate and starting a business in the area was reserved only for a special group of forward-thinking entrepreneurs, those who saw the potential of a hillside that enjoyed one of the most stunning views in Rio.

Now, just a few weeks after the favela officially received its own Police Pacification Unit (“

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