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Favela Gondolas Offer Pride After First Month

Opinion, by Michael Kerlin

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - At the five-year mark before it opens its Summer Olympics, Rio de Janeiro is celebrating the one month birthday of a new alpine gondola system fit for the Winter Olympics. From a pure cost-benefit standpoint, it’s far too early to say whether the Complexo do Alemão gondola system will be one of the greatest triumphs or one of the greatest follies of infrastructure in Rio’s favelas.

30,000 people per day at full operation, 3,000 people per hour, six gondola stations, 152 gondola cars, end-to . . .

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