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Old 10-21-2007, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Portland, Maine
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I originallly thought Toronto was like NYC or Chicago but I visited there for a week this summer and altered my view. It is not like NYC and Chicago because it's skyline in no way is up to par with those two. One thing that astonished me there was the lack of cabs like NYC and Chicago. It is a bustling city for sure and it has a lot of appeal but it is more like provencial than NYC and Chicago. It is also much more urbane than a Minneapolis or Detroit. I loved it's mass transit options. And yes, the large Asian population makes it seem more like San Fran. but it doesn't have the geographical beauty of that city. It is unique in that I really can't think of an American city it would be like. Ultimately, because of it's location on the Great Lakes, I would compare it more to Chicago than any other midwestern city but without the gumph, skyline, and grittiness of it.
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Old 10-21-2007, 03:36 PM
 
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Toronto's skyline may not be as big as NYC or Chicago's but it's bigger than that of any other city in the US or Canada.

There are over 4,000 taxis in Toronto, but compared to NYC or Chicago far more people in Toronto ride bikes in the city, so perhaps that's why cabs are not in demand as much.
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Old 10-22-2007, 12:33 PM
 
Location: C.R. K-Tex
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I originallly thought Toronto was like NYC or Chicago but I visited there for a week this summer and altered my view. It is not like NYC and Chicago because it's skyline in no way is up to par with those two. One thing that astonished me there was the lack of cabs like NYC and Chicago. It is a bustling city for sure and it has a lot of appeal but it is more like provencial than NYC and Chicago. It is also much more urbane than a Minneapolis or Detroit. I loved it's mass transit options. And yes, the large Asian population makes it seem more like San Fran. but it doesn't have the geographical beauty of that city. It is unique in that I really can't think of an American city it would be like. Ultimately, because of it's location on the Great Lakes, I would compare it more to Chicago than any other midwestern city but without the gumph, skyline, and grittiness of it.
Wanna say it looks and feels more like Houston?
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Old 10-22-2007, 05:15 PM
 
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Toronto doesn't look or feel anything like Houston!

Take a look for yourself, here are some great photo-tours of Toronto posted on another forum:
Everybody Hates Toronto, or My Trip Down the 401: Part I of IV - SkyscraperCity
Everybody Hates Toronto, or My Week on Huron Street: Part II of IV - SkyscraperCity
Everybody Hates Toronto, or My Pig's Feet Noodle Soup: Part III of IV - SkyscraperPage Forum
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Old 10-26-2007, 03:25 PM
 
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Default It's like Philadelphia crossed with Portland Oregon, but suburbs are straight outta SoCal

Toronto most reminds me of Philadelphia ... similar amounts and quality of arts and culture; similar crippling inferiority complex due to constant self-comparisons with NYC; similar bustling, compact mixed use downtown cores (in fairness, Toronto's is about twice the size of Philly's); similar inadequate and underfunded transit systems; similar rundown 19th-century housing stock that gives the cities their distinct look; similar world-class universities just outside the central core (Penn / UoT).

Outside downtown both Toronto and Philly sprawl forever over essentially flat landscapes, though Toronto's sprawl is much newer, more visually monotonous, and more ethnic, like parts of SoCal.

But, very much unlike Philly or SoCal, Toronto has a heavy dose of Portland, Oregon. No serious crime to speak of, bicyclists and streetcars on major streets, and gobs of white liberals living in the city centre.
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Old 10-27-2007, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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Chicago would be the most similar.
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Old 10-28-2007, 01:07 AM
 
Location: C.R. K-Tex
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Toronto is what Cleaveland used to be. They are oriented on the lake the same way, unlike Chicago. If it wasn't in Canada, it would suffer a similar fate to other Rust Belt cities like Buffalo or Rochester.
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Old 10-28-2007, 05:56 PM
 
Location: Jonquil City (aka Smyrna) Georgia- by Atlanta
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Toronto is what Cleaveland used to be. They are oriented on the lake the same way, unlike Chicago. If it wasn't in Canada, it would suffer a similar fate to other Rust Belt cities like Buffalo or Rochester.
Not all cities in the US north are sinking. Some, like Chicago and Minneapolis are doing quite well.
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Old 04-20-2008, 06:44 AM
 
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What about the weather aspect? Would you say NYC and Toronto have similar winters or is Toronto more brutal.

Please tell me it is not as bad as Buffalo. They are so close yet Toronto (to me) seems to be more along the lines of NYC.

Do you agree?
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Old 04-20-2008, 05:29 PM
 
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Toronto usually gets much less snow than Buffalo, although it's still quite a bit colder than NYC.
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