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Old 08-11-2007, 09:45 PM
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This is just my opinion from research and personal experiences.

I live in northeastern Ontario and our regional hub seems to be Sudbury. They have all the medical facilities, mines and shopping for the Northeast.
They also have some great festivals and a Science Center.

Another hub seems to be Barrie (Central Ontario). Good shopping, nightlife and a big hospital.

I know there are various 'hubs' and commercial centers scattered around the province, Kingston and Ottawa seem to be hubs as well (obviously). I have been to Kingston and was impressed with the architecture and shopping. To me, a regional 'hub' consists of great shopping, employment, diversity, culture, good economy and medical facilities for a given area.

I just sight the economies in the above-mentioned cities to be strong and therefore I see them as leaders in their own right.

Sudbury has mines and medical for the Northeast, Barrie has a lot of commuters who contribute to their economy and the spin-off jobs that come with being an 'exurb', and Kingston has alot of white-collar/government institutions to make it thrive. To me, these are regional centers because of all they offer. Some might disagree. Opinions are welcome.

Actually, Sudbury reminds me abit of Barrie when I'm there, and vise-versa. I guess, the wide roads(infrastructure), same type of shopping and radio stations. I know they're both regional 'hubs'. Maybe that has something to do with it. Could the lifestyles be similar? The radio geared toward the same type of market in both places? Both are booming cities, in their own rights. (Commercially and economically) IMO they both put out kind of the same 'vibe'. Progressive, booming, etc.

What do you guys think?

I wonder if there is any rivalry between these cities or if each is off the 'radar' of the other one?

I live in a city that's not really considered a regional center, (Compared to other cities) and so my city has a different, more laid back feel to it.......

Last edited by greatgarrett2; 08-11-2007 at 09:55 PM..
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Old 08-11-2007, 10:43 PM
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With apologies to the the Big Nickel, I doubt residents of Barrie give too much thought to Sudbury.

Ever consider that a major reason for the strength of the economies of outlying "regional centers" is the monies and jobs provided by the government services located in them?
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Old 09-02-2007, 08:31 PM
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I live in North Bay which is near Sudbury and I never have to go to Sudbury for anything ever. Everything I need is right here in NB. Actually most of the places and things I like in NB are not even available in Sudbury such as independent bookstores, unique local shops and restaurants etc.
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