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View Poll Results: Grittiest City
Toronto 6 15.38%
Vancouver 3 7.69%
Montreal 8 20.51%
Calgary 1 2.56%
Saskatoon 2 5.13%
Winnipeg 17 43.59%
Ottawa 0 0%
Quebec City 0 0%
Halifax 0 0%
Edmonton 0 0%
Regina 1 2.56%
St John's NL 1 2.56%
Voters: 39. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-27-2016, 09:39 PM
 
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Where is Hamilton? Winnipeg and Hamilton should be the only options.
Hamilton is a rough town regardless of what people may say to "play down" that aspect. I have to go to neurologist appointments there and honestly I hate the entire experience and always feel uncomfortable. I have felt more discomfort in Hamilton than I did walking around in a rough-ish part of Scarborough four years back. Hamilton has a level of poverty and grit than I'm not used to and don't think I could ever "feel at ease" with. Every house when I drove up the mountain had bars on the windows - every single one. Every business did too. Of course "newdixiegirl" will probably come back and tell me what a "big baby" I am for whining about "safe" Hamilton but this is how I feel.
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Old 06-29-2016, 06:06 PM
 
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Hamilton is a rough town regardless of what people may say to "play down" that aspect. I have to go to neurologist appointments there and honestly I hate the entire experience and always feel uncomfortable. I have felt more discomfort in Hamilton than I did walking around in a rough-ish part of Scarborough four years back. Hamilton has a level of poverty and grit than I'm not used to and don't think I could ever "feel at ease" with. Every house when I drove up the mountain had bars on the windows - every single one. Every business did too. Of course "newdixiegirl" will probably come back and tell me what a "big baby" I am for whining about "safe" Hamilton but this is how I feel.
Areas with a high rate of chronic petty crime can feel a lot worse than areas with known dangerous types hanging around. There are parts of Toronto that I was surprised to find out have a strong gang presence, etc., because they look pretty normal during the daytime. But like with Hamilton, longterm poverty can produce a lot of dysfunction that makes a place develop a very depressing atmosphere. High welfare rates, a lot of break and enters, high rates of addiction, vandalism that never gets fixed, a general derelict look to the place... I have seen such towns, and they're really holes.
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Old 06-29-2016, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Canada
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If we are talking crime, Hamilton couldn't be the worst. Statistics don't support that claim. With the exception of Halifax the worst crime ridden cities are all in Western Canada
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Old 06-30-2016, 01:27 PM
 
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The grittiest city in Canada is Hamilton, Ontario.
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Old 06-30-2016, 02:03 PM
 
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Hamilton overall among the major cities, Montreal and Winnipeg are up there too, but let's not overlook Toronto. It's still one of Canada's grittiest looking cities once you venture away from all the new condo districts downtown. There are large swaths of Toronto that are very gritty looking, for example, much of the former borough of York (including Weston), Parkdale, Bloorcourt/Bloordale in the West end of Old Toronto, and take a trip down Gerrard street East from Broadview (Chinatown East) all the way down to Little India -- kilometres of grit.
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Old 07-05-2016, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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North Portal in Saskatchewan is the grittiest city I have seen in Canada. In fact it's the only border city I have been to that is as gritty as whatever city is on the Yankee side!
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Old 07-05-2016, 09:38 PM
 
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Maybe a first nation reserve. Canada has gritty individuals but it is definitely not a gritty country. Nowhere looks like a war zone like you would find in america. Ie flint Michigan.
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Old 07-10-2016, 09:25 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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Maybe a first nation reserve. Canada has gritty individuals but it is definitely not a gritty country. Nowhere looks like a war zone like you would find in america. Ie flint Michigan.
My wife and I walked through a ghetto on the south side of Chicago that was worse than the very worst part of Panama city. Flint is mild in comparison. We were in a neighbourhood in Camden NJ that was also third world bad. It looked like a war zone.
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Old 07-11-2016, 02:59 AM
 
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My wife and I walked through a ghetto on the south side of Chicago that was worse than the very worst part of Panama city. Flint is mild in comparison. We were in a neighbourhood in Camden NJ that was also third world bad. It looked like a war zone.
The south side of Chicago is worse than El Chorillo, Curundú or Rio Abajo? I know you expected to just throw that out there and no one have a clue about Panamá but you and I both know you are full of sh*t.
The chances of you actually spending an extended period exploring any of the above and not having an escort or speaking fluent Spanish are pretty much slim to none.
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Old 07-12-2016, 03:22 PM
 
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My wife and I walked through a ghetto on the south side of Chicago that was worse than the very worst part of Panama city. Flint is mild in comparison. We were in a neighbourhood in Camden NJ that was also third world bad. It looked like a war zone.
Why does anyone from a safe country like Canada would want to visit south Chicago, Flint, or Camden?

What about Niagara falls on the other side of the border? It looks like the hood too. I wonder what all those Chinese and European tourists will think when going into town after seeing the waterfalls. I hope for their sake they chose a hotel on the Canadian part of town.
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