Toronto (or Turanna, as its inhabitants call it) is a decent city with mainly decent friendly people, that has some residents who think it is better than it is, even believing it to be an amazing cosmopolitan experience and a world class city; these Torontonians obviously haven't traveled much.
Many Canadians from outside southern Ontario hate the city because its "too American" or because we have too much pollution and crime, although for a city our size the crime actually isn't too bad, although I will agree there is too much air pollution during the summer. And while some Torontonians have a bloated ego about their city, overall we are still decent folk, despite what some other Canadians like to tell themselves about us.
Our sports teams suck, but Toronto is the largest concentration of hockey lovers in the world, even though the home team is shit.
The main problem with the city is the endless sprawl, and some parts are actually kind of ugly, and the city could use some beautification. If these problems, along with transportation and pollution, are cleaned up in the next 20 years, as well as reduced housing costs, Toronto could be a really cool city. Theres lots to do and see in Toronto, the people are friendly, and its my beloved home.
Canadian A: "Hey have you been Toronto?"
Canadian B: "I bet it sucks."
Canadian A: "Nah...it was alright."
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!"