chapter  5
C hapter 5 A Global Suburb in Rio de Janeiro,
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Much the same as they did in Mexico, investors and developers farther south in Latin America discovered there was a growing market in their countries for U.S. style suburbs. ey built the kind of suburban enclaves that were spreading from San Diego to Mexico City: sprawling settlements with secluded residential subdivisions for the elite, and even for the middle class. In the fi nal decades of the twentieth century, Latin American cities mobilized to build scores of secluded, high end subdivisions where residents could escape from the inner city, and enjoy greater privacy and a sense of security. is chapter explores the emergence of such developments in cities in Brazil, focusing on an illuminating case study of one global suburb in Rio de Janeiro.