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Old June 6th, 2013, 12:17 PM   #2361
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Old June 7th, 2013, 12:47 AM   #2362
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Old June 7th, 2013, 01:12 AM   #2363
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Old June 7th, 2013, 01:19 AM   #2364
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Old June 7th, 2013, 01:26 AM   #2365
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Old June 7th, 2013, 07:07 PM   #2366
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Old June 7th, 2013, 07:17 PM   #2367
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Old June 7th, 2013, 09:24 PM   #2368
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Old June 8th, 2013, 12:40 AM   #2370
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Old June 8th, 2013, 06:50 PM   #2371
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Toronto's skyline really has grown on me. I may visit it along with Chicago next summer.
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Old June 8th, 2013, 08:17 PM   #2372
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I visited it in the mid 2000s and it was awesome to look at, but now the bland green-glass condos ruined the view.
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Old June 8th, 2013, 08:37 PM   #2373
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Its CBD is still mainly commercial, and that's where we'll be going. Going north or west from there is where residential towers typically are. I just think it'll be awesome to go to a foreign country, not to mention an incredible city as well, you know? I've never left the country unfortunately.

What was your impression when you went compared to, say, NYC?
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Old June 8th, 2013, 09:14 PM   #2374
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What was your impression when you went compared to, say, NYC?
If you go in expecting it to be comparable to NYC, you're going to be extremely disappointed. It has more similarities to Chicago at street level, from what I remember. (granted my experiences in both cities haven't been terribly comprehensive)

I would say from street level you would have a better approximation of NYC in Montreal (basically a sleazier, french-canadian version of Boston, and probably my 2nd favorite city on the continent). However, nothing in North America is really comparable to NYC.
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No, I don't expect it to be nearly as impressive as NYC. From what I've done on Street View, I'd say it's really similar to Downtown Philly. Nice wide streets, dense, same height in general. I just wanted to know what the area's environment is like and the kind of vibe it has, and NYC seems to be the Western standard in that aspect.
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Toronto's skyline really has grown on me. I may visit it along with Chicago next summer.
You should definitely visit! There is much to do here and it's a safe, clean city.

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The distillery district is a really cool area, with restaurants, shops, and more.
It is the largest collection of Victorian-era industrial architecture in North America, and has one of the world's largest distilleries.

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Casa Loma is a very cool historic castle in the middle of Toronto:

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You should also check out the waterfront and the islands if the weather is nice while you visit:

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Yonge street and Dundas Square are filled with action and entertainment:

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You should also check out old Vs new; Nathan Phillips Square has our old and new city halls, and a great public square:

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The Entertainment District is also very fun:

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Also check out the hundreds of Victorian Row houses surrounding downtown Toronto, Kensington Market, St. Lawrence Market, and of course The CN Tower and Edge Walk for some amazing views:








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I visited it in the mid 2000s and it was awesome to look at, but now the bland green-glass condos ruined the view.
I would have to disagree with you here! When so much construction is happening, not all of it is spectacular. However, most of the new buildings have been great and the Skyline is much better than it once was. The future mega-projects including Frank Ghery's (+ Mirvish) 3 80+ storey buildings, Norman Foster's Oxford Place, and the huge One-Yonge proposal will make it even better!

Also, look at what was replaced! For example, these buildings...

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Old June 9th, 2013, 02:48 AM   #2377
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If you go in expecting it to be comparable to NYC, you're going to be extremely disappointed. It has more similarities to Chicago at street level, from what I remember. (granted my experiences in both cities haven't been terribly comprehensive)

I would say from street level you would have a better approximation of NYC in Montreal (basically a sleazier, french-canadian version of Boston, and probably my 2nd favorite city on the continent). However, nothing in North America is really comparable to NYC.
Agree with all of that. Montreal certainly has an air of establishment to it. Having been Canada's alpha city for over a century shows in its older buildings, public realm, and confident demeanour. Sleazier, french-canadian version of Boston? I haven't been to Boston, but you're probably correct there too.

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No, I don't expect it to be nearly as impressive as NYC. From what I've done on Street View, I'd say it's really similar to Downtown Philly. Nice wide streets, dense, same height in general. I just wanted to know what the area's environment is like and the kind of vibe it has, and NYC seems to be the Western standard in that aspect.
On the surface it may look like Philly, but that's likely where the similarities end. Toronto neither has the vibe of a northeastern north American city like NY or Montreal, nor the brashness of the US midwest. It's very much it's own kind of place. A good starting point is to take note that 53% of the population of Toronto were born outside of Canada. That's double the rate of London, New York, Sydney, Los Angeles, or any other large global city. It's the first thing you'll notice. For lack of a better expression, Toronto is a clusterf*ck. The ultimate mash-up.

Toronto won't impress in the same way as NYC, but it will in other ways. It has its own attributes that aren't to be found elsewhere.
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