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Can Olympics make Rio the new Barcelona?

View of the construction site of the Transolimpica highway that will link the Olympic Village with the Deodoro Sport Complex, in Rio de JaneiroOlympic construction projects have turned Rio upside down, but a harsh economy and some major failures are overshadowing organizers’ hopes of emulating Barcelona’s Olympian transformation back in 1992. Rio sees its choice as South America’s first Olympic host city as a chance to shine. “We will leave Barcelona in the dust,” boasted Mayor Eduardo Paes last year.

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