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Renata Lucas

Perimetral Highway, Rio de Janeiro, August 17, 2013. Photo: Renata Lucas.

THERE ISN'T A DAY like another in Rio de Janeiro. First there were the construction sites, the forced evictions, and the devastation of entire blocks in the city’s port area and surroundings. Now there is the building-and-implementation phase of the so-called Porto Maravilha, a major undertaking associated with such international corporations as Tishman Speyer, the Trump Organization, and Westfield Group: an ambitious plan to drastically change the architectural and human landscape of the city. The project is transforming an entire region of predominantly lower-class housing—neglected by the government for years—into luxury towers, hotels, and shopping malls. Rio is proud to announce that with money from the private sector, it has achieved what it couldn’t have before. But the city seems to be acting as a lab for capital, where an accelerated process of privatization

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