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Rio Mayor Demolishes Building to Clear Way for Housing Complex

By Jack Arnhold, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – On Sunday, May 13th, a derelict former IBGE (Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics) building, located in Mangueira, in Rio’s Zona Norte (North Zone) was personally detonated by the Mayor of Rio, Marcelo Crivella, to clear way for a proposed "Minha Casa Minha Vida" housing complex that will be built in its place.

What used to be a centre for research by the IBGE had long lain abandoned, although squatters had taken up quarters, and was evaluated by the Undersecretary for Housing to be both at risk of fire and . . .

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