Jacarepaguá

Jacarepaguá, with a land area of 29.27 square miles (75.80 km²) is the 4th largest neighborhood in the city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In 2000, it had a population of 100,822, making it the 9th most populous neighborhood in the city. The name comes from an old style of boat used by the natives by the time portugueses discovered the area.

Jacarepaguá is located in the West Zone of Rio in the Baixada de Jacarepaguá, between Maciço da Tijuca and the Serra da Pedra Branca. The upper middle class suburb Barra da Tijuca separates the suburb from the sea.

Jacarepaguá is divided into the following sub-areas ("sub-bairros"):

*Anil
*Curicica
*Cidade de Deus
*Freguesia
*Gardênia Azul
*Pechincha
*Praça Seca
*Tanque
*Taquara
*Vila Valqueire.

The suburb is known for large open areas where events and shows such as the last Rock in Rio take place.

It is one of the greenest areas of Rio, with plenty of nature in some of the sub-areas, especially in Vargem Grande and Vargem Pequena.

It holds a samba school called "Unidos de Jacarepaguá", churches like Nossa Senhora do Loreto, many shopping centers like "RioShopping", "QualityShopping" and "CenterShopping", schools such as "Garriga de Menezes", "Pentágono" and "Primus", and several clubs, like "Olímpico" and "Bandeirantes".

It also home to the Autódromo de Jacarepaguá, which hosted the Formula One Brazilian Grand Prix between 1978 and 1990. Nowadays it hosts the MotoGP Brazilian Grand Prix.

Recently, works have been done to build an Olympic Village in an area disputed by Jacarepaguá (or JPA) and Recreio dos Bandeirantes, a neighborhood nearby. Regardless of who "owns" the area, the "Cariocas" that live close to it were very excited about the Pan-American Games that were held there in 2007.

It's also the biggest polo of studios in Latin America, with the RecNov (Record's studio), Projac (Globo's studio and the biggest one in Latin America), Band's studio, Polo de Cinema e Video studio and it'll soon open a studio for Mexican broadcaster Televisa.

Jacarepaguá is a low middle-class neighborhood.


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