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Old 08-28-2015, 05:41 PM
 
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Well, Toronto is definitely up there if you're including Canadian cities.
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Old 08-28-2015, 06:02 PM
 
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Ohhh good one, TO has changed a ton these past 5 years. Helps that Canada didn't experience the recession as deeply as America did.
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Old 08-28-2015, 10:49 PM
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Austin, Portland, and Seattle are currently experiencing a ton of infill.
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Old 08-29-2015, 01:07 PM
 
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I'm mostly interested in American cities but I think Seattle might be rivalling Toronto now. Seattle was estimated to have grown by 18,000 people from 2013 to 2014.

Old Toronto grew at an average rate of 10,500 per year from 2006 to 2011. The whole city of Toronto grew by 22,400 per year from 2006 to 2011 but Old Toronto is a better comparison to Seattle city proper (maybe Old Toronto + York & East York but those grew little). The population estimates for the city of Toronto is that growth rates have increased since 2011 to about 35,000 per year, and if Old Toronto has a similar share of the city-wide growth, that means it would currently be growing at 17-18,000 per year, same as Seattle. Maybe the proportion of growth that's occurring in Old Toronto has increased though, so maybe it's more than 17-18k per year, but then you also have to consider that Seattle (metro area) is smaller so it would still be growing at a similar rate for its size.

I think New York would still be near the top though, even when you adjust for size. I guess it depends on "size of what". The total infill growth relative to the size of the metro area probably rivals even Toronto and Seattle for the top spot. If you look at the total infill growth relative to the size of the urban core, maybe then it's more middle of the pack.
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Old 08-29-2015, 03:19 PM
 
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Seattle's MSA had 3,440,000 people in 2010 vs 6,574,000 for the GTHA. I think Tacoma and Bellevue have a rather similar relationship to Seattle as Hamilton and Oshawa to Toronto respectively.

Seattle city proper + its first and some second ring suburbs - Bellevue, Kirkland, Mercer Island, Gold Coast, southern King county suburbs east of highway 167, east/central Renton, Bryn-Mawr-Skyway, Tukwila and north side suburbs up to Brier, Lynnwood and east of I-5 up to 526 - hold 40% of the MSA population so similar to the City of Toronto. Also like Toronto, they're mostly built out and growing through infill. They grew from 1.260 million in 2000 to 1.360 million in 2010, almost as much as Toronto despite the fact that Toronto is bigger. From 2010 to the 2014 estimate, a few of the communities are unincorporated and I haven't been able to find estimates, but most of the population (93%) is in incorporated communities, which grew by about 100,000 That's a little less in net increase than for the Toronto estimates, but adjusted for size, Toronto would've had to grow by 49,000 per year to match Seattle.

It's true that Seattle is less dense than Toronto though, which theoretically should make it easier to densify (though in practice, denser cities are often densifying faster).
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