This year Toronto has topped the "The World's Most Famous Cities" chart, courtesy of Rob Ford. This is the kind of honor the city has been striving for since decades, perhaps ever since it launched the CN tower in 1976.
The tallest tower in the world back then, The CN had boosted the Torontonian ego enormously. When new records came up in the following years, grief-struck residents began to hound for attention, taking every redundant opportunity to speak about themselves. Whether it was the world's cleanest cities or ones with lowest crimes or unemployment rates, local media remained persistent in ensuring Toronto was mentioned with the real first-world cities, regardless of merit or relevance.
The SARS outbreak in 2003 was the city's former short-lived claim to fame. The medical crises did not matter much as long as Toronto was the shining star, bright and conspicuous! The ecstatic Torontonians were further humbled as The Rolling Stones, Justin Timberlake, AC/DC and several other notable singers braced the city in support of the dwindling economy. All was going well till rumors were cleared to indicate China as the true origin of the syndrome. Their thunder stolen, they directed the pain to further obsession, in order to become known to the world.
Finally 2013-14 has proved the fame is here to stay! The prized mayor and his never-ending fiascos are bound to ease all the past desperation. From The Star to The Sun, from US to Europe, the stories of Ford have created an incessant buzz, given Toronto the ultimate recognition it was waiting for. Drugs, lies, foul language, the mayor ticked all criteria to put the city on the world map and appease local aspirations. Now, people are no longer oblivious of the city; they are, even, ready to accept its highest ranking in notoriety.