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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