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View Poll Results: Does Toronto have the big city New York vibe?
It has a vibe similar to New York. 18 31.58%
It has a vibe similar to Chicago. 35 61.40%
It has a vibe similar to Calgary. 5 8.77%
It has a vibe similar to Vancouver. 1 1.75%
It has a vibe similar to Montreal. 2 3.51%
Multiple Choice Poll. Voters: 57. You may not vote on this poll

Old 10-20-2010, 10:17 PM
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Does Toronto have a big city vibe?

Old 10-20-2010, 10:49 PM
Location: Toronto
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Does it have a big city vibe? Yes. Like New York? No. Similar to Chicago? Maybe in certain areas.
Old 10-21-2010, 09:24 AM
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I think Toronto is similar to NY in many ways and being surrounded by its fast pace I would think it would have a NY Vibe but thats just me. I love it anyway.
Old 10-21-2010, 09:29 AM
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Toronto is similar to NYC only in very limited (<10%) areas. Toronto as a major city is way too residential. Even downtown core is full of small two story houses, many used as shops. Think of Queen St West and Yonge st between Dundas to Bloor.
In general, I don't think Toronto has a New York vibe. Even Montreal has more similarity.
Old 10-21-2010, 07:22 PM
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Toronto is probably more like New York than any of the other choices in the poll, but I'd say it has a vibe of its own.

If you come to Toronto from New York, it might not feel like as much of a big city as New York but probably nowhere else will. If you come from anywhere else in Canada, it certainly feels like a big city. Most of my family is in Canada, and I've got relatives who are frightened of Toronto because it's such a big, scary city. My little sister lives in Montreal and says that Toronto is more like London but Montreal is more like Paris.

If you look at the number of television shows and movies filmed in Toronto that are supposedly some other city, you find that Toronto can be a chameleon. Different places feel much like other cities.

My cousin lives just outside New York, and when I visited her I didn't feel like I was back in Toronto. I'm more relaxed when I'm in Toronto but there is still a certain buzz, a certain energy I just don't find in smaller cities.

My son lives in the Chicago area and has visited his cousins in Toronto and Montreal. He likes the nightlife in Montreal better than what he has seen in Chicago, New York or Toronto. However, he thinks Toronto is sort of like what Chicago wants to be like.

No other city feels like New York and no other city feels like Toronto.
Old 10-21-2010, 07:47 PM
Location: Arvada, CO
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I've never been to New York, but I wouldn't think Toronto has a NYC feel. It feels pretty similar to Denver (ironically, IMO).
Old 10-21-2010, 11:44 PM
Location: Toronto, Ontario
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Looks very simuliar to Chicago in my books. Both almost identical populations and big city feel. Both are on lakes and have weather that is close as well.

However nothing will ever seem as big as New York here in NA. You'd have to bring Sao Paulo, Seoul and Tokoyo to beat the Empire State city in size!
Old 10-22-2010, 12:35 AM
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big city, definitely, nyc? no.
Old 10-22-2010, 08:12 AM
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Toronto feels like "second-tier big city U.S./Canada". (New York occupies the top tier by itself.)

Every city is different, but if I had to absolutely pick another city in Toronto's tier that is most comparable it would likely be Chicago.
Old 10-22-2010, 08:42 AM
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I don't feel Toronto is anything like New York. But my New York friends often make the comparison but perhaps only because that's their point of reference. What my foreign friends remark the most about, those that have traveled is how unlike Toronto is from the ROC.

Toronto shares certain superficial characteristics with Chicago but honestly they are two completely different cities. Toronto is messy, Chicago has the finished look. Also the nightlife in Toronto is way rowdier and the cultural make-up of the cites are completely different. If anything Toronto reminds me of Berlin crossed with an American city.

But you really can make these comparisons with any city. If your point of reference is Montreal, you might think any European city is similar or Boston or even Pittsburgh, which imho is the city Montreal most resembles.
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