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Vidigal Favela    

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Vidigal Favela

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Things are changing in Rio de Janeiro, just in time for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The favelas, once unsafe shantytowns, are being gentrified under a program called pacification. Vidigal, a trendy favela, was one of the first to be refurbished. Sporting views of Ipanema Bay, Vidigal cascades down a high, steep slope above the Atlantic Ocean. As wealthy investors snatch up and rejuvenate real estate in Videgal, young, local entrepreneurs open creative cafes, B & B hotels and shops. A new day dawns in Rio.

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