The Olympic city has been in decline since the 1960s. The games will not change its direction

With days to go before the Olympics begin, Rio’s self-confidence is looking shaky

  • Cariocas do not plant, they “just pluck”, observes Ruy Castro, a chronicler of the city.
  • Violent crime in Rio halved between 2009 and 2012.
  • The oil boom reversed the relative decline of Rio’s economy, but perhaps only .
  • Rio is one of the centres of national dysfunction.
  • Brazil’s central bank stopped using the city as the main centre for trading government securities.

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@TheEconomist: “With days to go before the Olympics begin, Rio’s self-confidence is looking shaky”


The Olympic city has been in decline since the 1960s. The games will not change its direction


The Olympic city has been in decline since the 1960s. The games will not change its direction

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