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Rio’s Pedregulho Complex Receives R$10.5 Million Makeover

By George Utley, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Since opening in 1952, the Conjunto Prefeito Mendes de Moraes, more commonly known as Pedregulho (The Boulder) has become one of the World's most recognized tower blocks. It is located in Rio's Benfica neighborhood of São Cristóvão (Centro), and is currently benefiting from a government sponsored R$10.5 million refurbishment.

In recent years, wear and tear have taken their toll, and the quality of life . . .

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