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How Rob Ford Could Save Toronto: Best #Cityreads of the Week

Our weekly roundup of the most intriguing articles about cities and urbanism we've come across in the past seven days.

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Violence, Tear Gas Greet Protests to Save One of the Last Public Parks in Istanbul

The battle over Gezi Park has become a symbol of opposition to the city's massive urban upheaval.

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Why It's So Hard to Contextualize Gun Deaths

Comparisons to car accidents or prescription drug overdoses offer little insight.

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Northern Ireland Is Building a Fake Town With Government Money

Officials are putting up sham businesses to try to prove austerity works.

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Disturbing Rob Ford News of the Day: Two (More) Staffers Resign

But all is well, according to the embattled mayor.

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The Rob Ford Saga Turns From Funny to Scary

The mayor allegedly told staffers he knew where the video was stashed, citing the home of the men who may have killed to get their hands on the tape.

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What It Would Take to Make Tornado Warnings Better

Right now, 15 minutes might be the best we can do. But with the right tools, we could completely overhaul in the way we forecast tornadoes.

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Does Being 'Sister Cities' Really Mean Anything?

As with actual siblings, there's no one way to define the relationship.

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Could Rob Ford Just Stay in Office Until the End of His Term?

Yep. Despite the ongoing crack saga, there's little Toronto can do to remove its embattled mayor from office.

In the Amazon, Natives Fight to Stop Brazil's Next Big Dam

A group of local tribes halted construction on the Belo Monte Dam for the second time this month.

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Toronto Mayor Rob Ford: 'I Do Not Use Crack Cocaine'

Not quite the same thing as "I've never smoked crack," is it?

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The Feds Are Fighting Forest Fires Wrong

The government pours billions into fighting fires but skimps on cheap, proven methods for stopping megafires before they start.

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4 Big Questions Looming Over Chicago's School Closings

It's been a bruising and emotional year for Chicago's Board of Education and opponents alike. But the hardest part is still to come.

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Anthony Weiner's NYC Mayoral Campaign Website Features ... the Pittsburgh Skyline

Whoops.

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What's Going On With Rob Ford, Toronto's Alleged Crack-Smoking Mayor?

Plus a brief history of Rob Ford impersonators.

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The Moore Tornado May Have Done $2 Billion of Damage

That's about a quarter the size of Oklahoma's state budget.

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Is Loneliness a Public Policy Problem?

At any given time, 30 percent of Americans report "not feeling close to people."

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A Puzzling Relationship Between Same-Sex Parents and Gay Marriage?

Many of the highest percentages of gay couples raising children are found in states that ban gay marriage.

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An Amazingly Effective Support System for Single Moms

The Jeremiah Program knows what single moms need to finish college: housing and child care.