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Trouble in Urca: Casino Building in Dispute

By Clarissa Butelli, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO - A thin strip of land between the Guanabara Bay and the Atlantic Ocean, Urca is a district crowned by one of Rio’s most well-known landmarks, Sugarloaf Mountain. With a privileged view to the bay, Urca is considered one of Rio's last bastions of tranquility and reserve.

Since 2006, when the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) was given a 25 year permission to reform one of its historical buildings and open the second branch of its school in the country, that peace has been seriously disturbed.

Known as the Cassino . . .

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