The largest city in Canada, the fifth largest in North America, central business and trade hub of eastern Canada, and capital of the province of Ontario. Not, however, the greatest city ever envisioned by man, by any measure. Also, not a seething hive of scum and violence (or at least no more than your average large North American city).
Let us look at the facts, shall we:
1) The most multi-cultural city on the planet (not so much a positive or negative, just a fact). Over half of the population originates outside of Canada, and thus, white people make up a minority within the Greater Toronto Area. Take it as you will, but it is the statistical truth. Most Torontonians are obscurely proud of this fact, even though they had nothing to do with it.
2) The crime is a bit of a problem, but then what large city doesn’t have crime? New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, all with high crime rates, but people still flock to these cities. There is no perfect, crime-free city in the entire world, so why is Toronto's statistically average rate of violence and illegality such a sticking point? Of course the biggest city in the country will have crime. It would be foolish to think that it didn't.
3) The architecture certainly leaves something to be desired, but that only comes as a result of Toronto’s coming of age in the 1960’s. In all fairness, it might be best to blame the old city planners for this particular oversight.
4) The lack of a decent nightlife is…well…it’s a problem; let’s just leave it at that.
5) The climate is admittedly wretched (frigid winters and unbearably humid summers), but one can’t possibly blame the city. Blame geography, global weather patterns, the Gulf Stream, whatever helps you sleep at night.
6) The gay community is quite vibrant and well represented, as seems to have no trouble making itself heard. Whether this is a problem or a not, it is best to leave up to the individual. Suffice to say, they’re queer, they’re there, the rest it up to you.
7) Pollution is a definite problem. Toronto is clean, but only in a comparative sense. The air is clean, compared to Pittsburg. The water is clean, compared to New York. The streets are clean, compared to Detroit. Standing on its own however, Toronto is just as dirty and polluted and smoggy as one can expect from a big city. Certainly, it’s a problem, but it isn’t like it’s an uncommon one.
8) The culture of Toronto is virtually non-existent, which is understandable, because what culture could possibly survive the deluge of immigration the city has experienced over its history? New York, L.A., Chicago, Boston, Montreal, Vancouver, they all have a distinct flavor, a rhythm all their own. Most cities do, given enough time (with the exception of perhaps Calgary, which is by no means a bad place, it’s just very bland, in a western, blue-collar kind of way), develop a unique character. Toronto just…never got around to it.
9) Torontonians can be a bit tiresome. Not all Torontonians mind you, just that special breed who seems to have an obscene amount of pride in their hometown, and are all too willing to overlook all of the various social, economic and environmental flaws that plague their beloved “T.O.” Civic pride is one thing, but this is just out of control. Don’t ever try to argue with these people, because you really won’t get anywhere. Just smile, and nod, and excuse yourself as quickly as possible.
So, it truth, Toronto is in most ways, a statistically average, large sized North American metropolis. It’s not the center of the universe; it’s not the greatest city on the planet. It has its share of ups and downs, pros and cons, and what city doesn’t? It’s not New York, though perhaps it wishes it was, and it should never be an object of jealousy, or scorn. Most people in Vancouver or Montreal have better things to do than idolize/berate Toronto, this you can be assured of. It’s just that vocal minority who always seem to pipe in with their two cents about how much they hate that “scumbag city on the lake,” or how much they love their precious “T dot”. It’s just a city, like so many others.
The largest export of Toronto? Ego, by the truckload.
The largest city in Canada. It's known for it's combination of great neighbourhood vibe, cosmopolitan flare, and horribly atrocious downtown architecture. (Unlike most major cities, it experienced it's big economic boom in the sixties, go figure.) Otherwise a peach of a town, with great nightlife (and with boozecans up the wazoo, for you after hours folks), and wickedly georgeous people. So fuck off.
I love Toronto.
Toronto is the most cosmopolitan, ethnically-diverse city in Canada and, last time I checked, North America. Many Vancouverites and Montrealers can't accept this and say that Toronto is violence-ridden and that we have a drug problem, overlooking the fact that Vancouver's drug problem is so bad that they actually have detox centers run by the city where heroin addicts can get a safe hit. I won't even talk about Montreal, other than to say that they're whining bitches that can't deal with the fact that they're not Canada's biggest and best city in Canada and haven't been since the 70's.
Also, all these small-town farmboys and rural mofos that talk about our crime problem and shit really have no idea what they're talking about because they are too busy fornicating with farm animals and relatives to come to Toronto to experience it first hand.
Besides, we have the hottest women in the world, including Paris and New York. Period.
Toronto kicks massive ass.
The largest city in Canada
with a population of 5.1 million (2006 census) situated by lake Ontario. A lively restaurant, bar, and nightclub scene. Interesting neighbourhoods (Little Italy, Beaches, Yorkville, Annex, Queen St E, Yonge & Eligible, Chinatown, etc.), excellent mixture of victorian, edwardian and post-modern architecture, excellent public transit system, and excellent business schools - a sophisticated city that draws the best and the brightest. Toronto is the Rome of Canada and unfortunately most Canadians hate Toronto for the following reasons:
- Toronto has wealth, power and influence. Most Canadians resent anyone that is more successful than they are (penis envy).
- It is the most diverse city in Canada. Most trailor trashes and rednecks are naturally not going to like the city. That's why they are in places like Barrie or North Bay.
- Toronto media and culture dominates the country and Canadians are too weak and stupid to either change the channel or read any other newspaper other than the Globe and Mail
- Toronto is a magnificent city that works extremely well for a city its size. Most countries support and nourish their great cities. However, Canadians have this natural tendency to tear down anything that reminds them what they are not - sophisticated and successful.
Toronto is the city of the future. It is a hip, fun, lively city for that sets the benchmark for other Canadian cities.
Ps. Those people ...
One of the best cities in the world, recently tied for 5th place in the Economist Intelligence Unit's "Top Places to Live" study. Best city in Canada by far. Has low crime (check the stats, dipshits!) and nice people.
"I wish I could live in Toronto."
"My city sucks, so I'll just rag on Toronto."
"I've never been to Toronto, but my mommy says it is bad."
"Toronto is the greatest."
"I'm a racist Albertan, so I don't like Toronto!"
"Oh no, Toronto makes us rednecks feel like a minority! Time to take the truck back to the farm in Alberta."
"Quebec sucks, parts of Montreal look like they are about to be demolished. Until you realize people actually live there! I wish I could leave this place and get to Toronto!"
The only Canadian city that still has MLB and the NBA and may get an NFL team. A city with the most underrated architecture and diverse neighbourhoods. Perhaps that's why Jane Jacobs lived there. Interesting streetscapes, a public transit system that at worst could be described as "adequate", a lively arts scene, employment, and civic pride. A bit of a late bloomer in the international scene, Toronto is ambitious, look at the film festival for instance. The term world class has lost meaning, call it what you want, it's a great city. To believe that a majority of people in Toronto are ugly or self-centered or is akin to racism. People aren't afraid to live, and we all have moments of pleasure, impatience, insecurity, pride, ecstasy, joy. If you can see that collage in Toronto, the dualities and diversity in experience you can appreciate it for what it is. A large group of people, buildings and experiences that interplay and create something new everyday.
A sampling of architecture- Van der Rhoe's modernism, 1 King West, the City Halls, the Canada Malting Plant, Liberty Village, the Distillery District, Hart House (the the University of Toronto in general), the OCAD building, the new AGO and ROM crystals, countless Victorians, the CN Tower, St. Lawrence Hall, the Allen Lambert Galleria at BCE Place, the art deco of Tip Top Tailors, the CHUM city building, the Flat Iron Building
The largest city in Canada. Provincial capital and national centre of arts, business, financial, and media sectors.
Inspires many negative definitions on the website urbandictionary.com. Some have suggested that this proliferation may result from Torontonians having better things to do in their city than writing diatribes about other cities. Residents of these other cities are afforded more solitude and idle time from a lack of nearby entertainment.
Most residents of Toronto proper and visitors agree that it is a city that is coming into its own as worldwide destination. Proudly boasts the least crime of all major cities in Canada and a storied hockey team that will hopefully win the Stanley Cup again before the next ice age.
"I was in Toronto last month. They don't even have a stampede!" - Calgarian
A great city to live in. Some people are full of themselves and like to think the sun shines for them and only for them, but the majority of people in Toronto are truly good people. Many interesting and beautiful neighbourhoods to explore, and great restaurants/ bars/ cafes etc. One negative thing is that the city continually tears down historic buildings, and build ugly "modern" looking ones. like the Royal Ontario Museum's crystal extension. We also tend to ignore the impoverished people in our city, such as the community of Regent Park, Jane and Finch, or parts of Scarborough. Crime is a problem in Toronto, but so is it in any other city of it's size. Actually, for it's size, Toronto has a very low crime rate. Public transit is okay, could be better. But I've deffinately seen worse. All in all, Toronto is a great city to live in. My favourite neighbourhoods include: The Annex, Queen Street West, and the Harbourfront.
"Hey everybody, Toronto isn't perfect - but it is still a great city to be in!"