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Catalytic Communities Raffles Free Trip to Rio

By Jake Cummings, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Favelas in Rio suffer from a number of stigmas. As the narrative goes for many critics, they are an urban nuisance, a blight on the landscape. They are a manifestation of desperate poverty, a war zone for the drug mafia, or, at best, an illegal housing solution forever condemned to makeshift status. But to Lance Brown, a New York City architect, favelas are something far more significant than their popular image would suggest.

In fact, they have nurtured of some of Brazil’s most important cultural movements, such as

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