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View Poll Results: Which city's CBD feels bigger/busier: Sydney's or Toronto's?
Sydney 39 52.00%
Toronto 36 48.00%
Voters: 75. You may not vote on this poll

 
 
Old 09-05-2013, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Rockville, MD
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Which city seems to feel bigger and busier in and around its CBD/downtown? Which seems to have the
larger CBD and more contiguous feel between its CBD and adjacent neighborhoods? Which seems to have
lots of pedestrian traffic over a wider area?

I voted Sydney after looking both via Google Street view, it seems like Sydney's zone of really cohesive vibrant retail areas extends a bit further out, whereas Toronto
seems to give way to single family homes fairly quickly (particularly to the east)

Last edited by bballniket; 09-05-2013 at 10:55 AM.. Reason: needed to add some stuff

 
Old 09-05-2013, 11:07 AM
 
Location: USA (dying to live in Canada)
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I've been to both cities. Every street in both cities have different density. Some parts of Toronto felt more dense and busy than Sydney, and vice versa.

Sydney also has milder winters so you may encounter more people on the streets than in Toronto during midwinter.

Toronto overall feels more dense and busy, much more skyscrapers, more tourists and more traffic.

You cannot vote or judge based on what you see on google street view. Weather and time is big factor as well.
 
Old 09-05-2013, 08:29 PM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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At least this isn't the usual blanket comparison...

Haven't been to Toronto, but Sydney's CBD certainly feels vibrant and busy. Keep in mind Sydney's technical CBD is pretty small, so much of the CBD kinda spills out into surrounding suburbs like Darling Harbour, Haymarket, Surry Hills, Ultimo and North Sydney, which is like Sydney's 'second CBD.' Looking at Toronto on a map, though, I think it would be more like Melbourne. A larger CBD with a grid pattern and more spread out.
 
Old 09-05-2013, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Windsor, Ontario, Canada
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Originally Posted by Jews for Jesus View Post
I've been to both cities. Every street in both cities have different density. Some parts of Toronto felt more dense and busy than Sydney, and vice versa.

Sydney also has milder winters so you may encounter more people on the streets than in Toronto during midwinter.

Toronto overall feels more dense and busy, much more skyscrapers, more tourists and more traffic.

You cannot vote or judge based on what you see on google street view. Weather and time is big factor as well.


Folks go underground in the winter in Toronto.

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Old 11-20-2013, 01:15 AM
 
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No comparison Sydney toasts Toronto
 
Old 11-20-2013, 03:14 PM
 
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No comparison Toronto toasts Sydney.
 
Old 11-21-2013, 02:30 AM
 
Location: Vic, Australia
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Strong comparison neither toasts the other.
 
Old 11-21-2013, 11:08 AM
 
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Originally Posted by FrankDrebin View Post
Strong comparison neither toasts the other.
Agree, these two cities seem very comparable.
 
Old 11-21-2013, 07:51 PM
 
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Another meaningless comparison poll.
 
Old 11-24-2013, 12:44 AM
 
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Sydney by far! Toronto is a dull, carbon copy of New York with a terrible climate. I didn't find a single bit of interest in that city. Sydney's mild, warm weather means it is full of life, vibrancy and activity all year round. You can navigate the city streets even in the depths of winter, as long as your rugged up. Its connection to nature is also a strong point: the harbor, the Blue Mountains and the beaches. I find if Toronto wants to gain any kind of credit, it should start developing its own identity. Even the skyline is really just a cluster of identical boxes.
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