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Left photo by Ailton Silva (2015) / Right photo by Augusto Malta (1924) (IMS archive)
Construction of the highway Autoestrada Lagoa-Barra allowed the city to expand westward along the coast toward what is now Barra da Tijuca. The highway’s completion in the mid-1970s intensified the real estate development of São Conrado and contributed to the expansion of Rocinha.