Part 1/3 of a series on the effects of pacification in Rio de Janeiro, this story focuses on the urban development within the Rio's South Zone favelas - (to note: favelas nowadays are far more developed then shantytowns or slums).
Lots of great gems in these communities! Some of the best homemade and best priced meals are in the favelas. And some communities have million dollar views of the South Zone - the wealthiest and most touristy area of Rio de Janeiro.
To view slideshow of pictures and read story:
Once Unsafe, Rio's Shantytowns See Rapid Gentrification by Lourdes Garcia-Navarro.