By Hakan Almerfors, Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO - The first beach in Rio de Janeiro to capture the world’s attention was Copacabana Beach. In the 1930’s it became fashionable for famous Hollywood actors to stay at the new luxurious Copacabana Palace Hotel. Everyone wanted to be where the stars were. Word got out. Not long after a literal construction boom took place and tourists started to flock to the beach. The neighboring Ipanema Beach remained in Copacabana’s shadow for most of the century.
Copacabana started out as an affluent neighborhood but soon the wealthier people continued their . . .