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In Pictures: Dixon Road: A look at a community thrust into the national spotlight

Dixon, or Little Mogadishu as it’s often called nowadays, has found itself engulfed in an unwanted media storm involving Toronto Mayor Rob Ford

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A photo of the owner of Istar Restaurant, Istarlin Mohamed, with Mayor Rob Ford and Councillor Doug Ford is posted on the door at her restaurant in Toronto, Ont., June 3, 2013.

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Istarlin Mohamed prepares beef stew at her restaurant. She said a surprise visit from Mayor Rob Ford and Councillor Doug Ford in 2012 was big for her.

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A condo/ apartment complex on Dixon Rd. between Kipling and Islington Ave. in the north west area of Toronto houses some of the many new immigrants who now call Toronto home.

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People congregate outside 320 Dixon Rd. in Etobicoke, May 31, 2013. Dixon has long been a destination for newcomers to Canada, an affordable place near the airport to settle in for a while, to repair war-torn lives and to build new dreams.

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Dixon, or Little Mogadishu as it’s often called nowadays, has found itself engulfed in an unwanted media storm involving Toronto’s most powerful municipal politician, Mayor Rob Ford.

Fred Lum/The Globe and Mail

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A bullet hole from a recent gun fight is circled on the 17th floor of an apartment building at 320 Dixon Rd., June 3, 2013. A city hall source has told The Globe and Mail one of the mayor’s aides received a tip the video allegedly showing Mr. Ford smoking crack cocaine from a glass pipe may have been housed here once, on the 17th floor of a rundown condo tower at 320 Dixon Rd.

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The jamb of a door leading to the stairs is marked by a bullet hole from a recent gun fight on the 17th floor of a condominium/apartment building at 320 Dixon Rd.

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Looking out a south facing window onto a wet May afternoon from the 17th floor of a condominium/apartment building at 320 Dixon Rd.

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A child is carried while heading down a hallway on the 17th floor of a condominium/apartment building at 320 Dixon Rd.

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