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Old 10-05-2007, 04:10 PM
 
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Toronto and SF are both multi-cultural and liberal, they both have dense inner cities lined with commercial streets, residential towers and Victorian houses (only Toronto is brick), they both have prominent financial districts, they both have streetcars, they both have lots of pedestrian traffic, cyclists, large Chinatowns and other ethnic hoods, and loads of funky, off-beat characters and street culture etc. As far as stuff like this goes, Toronto is more like SF or New York than it is like Chicago IMO.
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Old 10-07-2007, 07:57 PM
 
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Chicago and NYC.

Chicago because of similar size, climate, promxity to lake, industrial roots, and just a similar large-city-yet-not-overwheling type of feel.

NYC because due to rich diversity, variety of neighborhoods, and public transportation system.
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Old 10-11-2007, 02:12 PM
 
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Well I noticed that someone mentioned that Toronto population size was similar to Houston Texas. I had not ever even considered that. I had heard that Toronto was compared to NYC but it can't be compared if you are thinking of population. Toronto has 2.5 millions residents and I researched that New York City actually had 8.2 million people in the five boroughs within a 322 square mile. I have been to Toronto but did not go all over Toronto but it seemed to be a neat city for sure! If you look up Toronto on wikipedia, they have some beautiful photos of Toronto. Definitely a place that everyone should visit!
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Old 10-11-2007, 02:52 PM
 
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Well I noticed that someone mentioned that Toronto population size was similar to Houston Texas. I had not ever even considered that. I had heard that Toronto was compared to NYC but it can't be compared if you are thinking of population. Toronto has 2.5 millions residents and I researched that New York City actually had 8.2 million people in the five boroughs within a 322 square mile. I have been to Toronto but did not go all over Toronto but it seemed to be a neat city for sure! If you look up Toronto on wikipedia, they have some beautiful photos of Toronto. Definitely a place that everyone should visit!
For comparative purposes, metropolitan areas (or urban areas) are usually more useful than city proper population figures. City boundaries are arbitrary, while metropolitan areas take some of that arbitrariness (sp?) away.
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Old 10-16-2007, 08:34 PM
 
Location: C.R. K-Tex
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For comparative purposes, metropolitan areas (or urban areas) are usually more useful than city proper population figures. City boundaries are arbitrary, while metropolitan areas take some of that arbitrariness (sp?) away.
Not necessarily. City propers are needed to determine if it is a vibrant center or not or whether to tell if it is a major city, a suburb that grew into a major city, or still just a suburb.
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Old 10-16-2007, 10:21 PM
 
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Not necessarily. City propers are needed to determine if it is a vibrant center or not or whether to tell if it is a major city, a suburb that grew into a major city, or still just a suburb.
The OP (and I) were talking about population numbers. The City of Phoenix has about 1.5 million people to Seattle's <600k people. What does this tell about whether or not they are vibrant? Did Toronto become more vibrant because of the merger?

..otherwise, of course I agree that the city proper is important for all kinds of things. I was just saying that to determine what cities are of similar size, the metro area/urban area population is more useful than the city proper population.
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Old 10-17-2007, 10:47 PM
 
Location: Naperville - 20+ years
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Default Chicago & Toronto sister cities

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Chicago...only cleaner
Totally agree, that Toronto is cleaner that is, and... the weather is basically the same except for Toronto gets it a day or two after Chicago. Toronto gets more snow, but Chicago's temps dip a little lower. All in all, they are quite similar.

I moved to a town in the suburbs of Chicago named Naperville because it reminded me very much of my hometown of Oakville in the suburbs of Toronto. The similarities are uncanny! Chicago just like Toronto has the lake and so many things to do. Great restaurants, festivals, sporting events etc. etc.
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Old 10-17-2007, 11:30 PM
 
Location: C.R. K-Tex
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I moved to a town in the suburbs of Chicago named Naperville because it reminded me very much of my hometown of Oakville in the suburbs of Toronto. The similarities are uncanny! Chicago just like Toronto has the lake and so many things to do. Great restaurants, festivals, sporting events etc. etc.
Don't forget the other city similar to both Toronto and Chicago. Houston and the First Colony development in SW suburban Sugar Land was ranked next to Naperville as one of the best places to live. I'm thinking of moving to Aurora/Sugar Grove later on.
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Old 10-18-2007, 05:04 PM
 
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Impressions of Toronto from an American visiting from Los Angeles:
» Toronto’s Messy Urbanism from the perspective of an Angeleno &bull; Spacing Toronto • understanding the urban landscape
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Old 10-18-2007, 06:03 PM
 
Location: SE Arizona - FINALLY! :D
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Well, I was only in Toronto briefly, but I was immediately by it's resemblence to New York City. It felt HUGE the way that only New York has felt to me.

BTW - my favorite 2 cities anywhere are Canadian - Quebec City (LOVE the old part of town) and Vancouver (what a setting!)

Ken
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