Rio De Janeiro

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The Families Displaced by the Rio Olympics

The photographer Marc Ohrem-Leclef documents the effects of forced evictions in the favelas.

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The Saddest Olympic Celebration

What do you do when you’re competing for a country that might disappear? You dance.

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Who's Really Ahead in Rio?

Small countries rise to the top when we control for population, GDP, and size of Olympic delegation.

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What If the Olympics Stayed Put?

A few radical ideas to reform the games.

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Enormous Athletes Are Towering Over Rio

The artist JR is installing gargantuan portraits of divers and high-jumpers leaping around the city.

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Rio's Olympics Mass Transit Mess

Critics say the $3.1 billion Line 4 project prioritizes access to wealthy neighborhoods, neglecting the rest of the city’s transit needs.

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Rio Is Building Igloos of Poop to Fix the Sewage Problem

As the government breaks its pledge to clean waterways, one community shows how it can be done.

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The Broken Promise of the Rio Olympics

How a chance to remake the city for ordinary Brazilians ended up lining the pockets of the rich instead.

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Rio de Janeiro, in Fantastically High Definition

The Brazilian city like you've never seen it. Really.

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7 Design Lessons From the World's Most Gorgeous BRT Stations

Ideas that help distinguish the service from a regular old bus.

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In This Rio Favela, DJ Skills Come Free

The school Spin Rocinha teaches young Brazilians how to DJ, no charge.  

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Letting Brazil's Homeless Speak for Themselves

Social media projects in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo illuminate the lives of the homeless in Brazil's biggest cities—without value judgments.

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Brazil's World Cup Stadiums, Reimagined as Wild-Looking Housing

It surely wouldn't work, but this plan to address Brazil's housing crisis is a good example of dreaming big.

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Brazil's Ugly Pre-World Cup Sex-Worker Crackdown

While concerns about sex tourists dominate the headlines, the bigger threat for Rio's sex workers may be the local police force.

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Countdown to Brazil's World Cup

From soccer-themed public art projects to social unrest, the FIFA tournament is already visible all over the country.

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The Innovative Policy at the Heart of Fresh Violence in Rio

The police department's once-lauded pacification program appears to be unraveling. 

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A 2016 Olympic Aquatic Event Site Has 195 Times the Safe Amount of Sewage in the Water

Athletes and civilians alike are worried about contracting diseases in Brazil's feces-laden bay.

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The Favelas Where World Cup Tourists Will Be Staying

Not all soccer fans can afford a swanky hotel by the beach. Property owners in some of Rio's slums are taking advantage.