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View Poll Results: Which is Toronto more similar to?
US Midwest 63 68.48%
US Northeast 29 31.52%
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Old 09-27-2016, 04:53 PM
 
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Is Toronto more similar in urban form, layout, and vibrancy to large cities in the US Midwest or large cities in the US Northeast?
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Old 09-27-2016, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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I'm going with large Great Lakes cities.
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Old 09-27-2016, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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Hahaha no. Toronto structures are very northeast, Philadelphia bring the closest in terms of appearance.
I actually think many people argue that Chicago and Toronto are very similar in built environment. I've actually never heard the Philly comparison until just now.
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Old 09-27-2016, 07:37 PM
 
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Show a pic of Toronto row houses.
Toronto has thousands of row houses, most built in the bay and gable style which is unique to Toronto. They don't completely dominate the inner city like they do in Philadelphia, but they do make up a significant portion of the pre war housing stock in the oldest parts of the city, mostly in the neighbourhoods East and West of downtown.

https://www.google.ca/search?q=Toron...HUXBD-kQsAQIGw

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Old 09-27-2016, 08:12 PM
 
Location: alexandria, VA
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Toronto has thousands of row houses, most built in the bay and gable style which is unique to Toronto. They don't completely dominate the inner city like they do in Philadelphia, but they do make up a significant portion of the pre war housing stock in the oldest parts of the city, mostly in the neighbourhoods East and West of downtown.

https://www.google.ca/search?q=Toron...HUXBD-kQsAQIGw

https://goo.gl/maps/eB8zFZnWyQC2

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Some nice rows. Reminds a little bit of the area around Penn in Philly. University City.
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Old 09-27-2016, 08:33 PM
 
Location: Willowbend/Houston
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I think Toronto is most like Chicago, but not like the Midwest outside of Chicago. Toronto is exceptionally diverse. Much more so than Chicago, Philly, or any other city in the US not NYC or LA. The vibe is incredibly international. As such, I think its more like the Northeast overall.
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Old 09-28-2016, 06:28 AM
 
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Well, overall I would say it is closest to Chicago with a little Philly thrown in. As a general rule, Toronto dosen't have the old world feel you get in Philly, Boston, lower Manhattan. Montreal comes closer. So in that sense, I would say it is much more like Chicago where you have a massive downtown and then leafy, but dense surrounding neighborhoods. Chicago has the historic bones of a bigger city, but Toronto is growing far faster and is far more cosmopolitan, so they feel different.
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Old 09-28-2016, 06:46 AM
 
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When we say "like the northeast" I get them impression that we're basically "lots of rowhouses". In reality, northeast cities outside of the Big-4 aren't that rowhouse-centric. A handful of midwestern cities like Chicago, St Louis and Cincinnati have rowhouse neighborhoods.
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Old 09-28-2016, 07:02 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, PA (Morningside)
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I agree that Toronto is most like Chicago overall. Yes it has rowhouses, but Chicago actually has some as well in its oldest neighborhoods like Lincoln Park. It would have had more if it wasn't for the Great Fire changing building codes to ban attached housing.

If you want a Canadian city which looks like Philly, you'd need to look at Montreal, or maybe Quebec City. They are much more rowhouse dominated.
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Old 09-28-2016, 07:43 AM
 
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IMHO, Toronto feels like a mashup of St. Louis (albeit and significantly larger version) and Chicago. I get the Philly references a bit, but I'd go with it has more in common with the Midwestern cities. After all, Toronto is a Midwestern city...
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