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Treeless $656M Olympic Park in Rio a Concrete Jungle

When Rio opened its Olympic Park this month there was one thing conspicuously absent around the venues, walkways and public areas where visitors will gather to watch 16 sports in August: trees. The host city and AECOM, the U.K.-based company that designed what is being dubbed "the heart of the games," promised a verdant area worthy of the name Park. The reality is a concrete jungle. The reason? People. "The option to reduce the number of trees compared to the original...

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