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Botafogo: The Creative Heart of Rio de Janeiro’s Zona Sul

By Mariana Sales, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Located between Copacabana, Flamengo and Jardim Botânico, the neighborhood of Botafogo has been considered Zona Sul's (South Zone's) bairro de passagem (transition neighborhood) for years. The past few decades however have brought big changes and gradually turning it into a lively, creative and cosmopolitan area.

Economist Doriane Calvet has lived in the neighborhood for 45 years and shares her experience as the area has changed. “When I moved here, there were still bondes (trams) in the streets. I consider Botafogo the heart of Zona Sul, not . . .

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