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Huge shopping malls change landscape of Brazil
Huge shopping malls change landscape of Brazil

Most of the shops in the Monte Carmo mall haven't opened yet, but it's already full of Brazilian kids. They come in droves, filling its cavernous hallways, giggling, ogling sneakers, asking for chocolate. But they aren't here to buy anything. They're on a class field trip to the largest and most impressive structure for miles in this industrial town in southeastern Brazil, a gleaming white monument to the country's economic boom of the last decade. With its small display of animatronic dinosaurs — and large display of conspicuous consumption — the shopping center has become a cultural and educational destination for Betim's schoolchildren. ...

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