Toronto has been voted the most-hated city in Canada. Again.
I’ve moved around a lot, having lived (and worked) in Toronto, Mississauga, St. Catharines, Burlington and Brampton.
I know a lot of people who were born and raised in the downtown core. They tend to be proud of their city – but not annoyingly so.
Then you have the small town/suburbanites who moved to the city right out of school. These people consider their move to Toronto to be a “coming of age” that makes them better than everyone in the suburb/small town from which they came. They’ll return home once a year and brag about their amazing life in the city. They’ll scoff at the yoga studios and sushi restaurants that have opened up in their small town/suburb, saying that Toronto’s yoga studios and sushi restaurants are superior. This group likes to look down on people who are married, have children and own a home in the suburbs.
It’s these people – these suburban transplants – that have turned my beloved Toronto into the most-hated city in Canada.
Everybody hates Toronto because everybody knows a person like this – and once a year, during the holidays, these idiots infiltrate small towns across the country — further damaging Toronto’s reputation.
But here’s some interesting food for thought:
Many of the people who have put Toronto on the map, culturally speaking, live outside of the city. Don Cherry, for example, lives in Mississauga. CBC anchor Peter Mansbridge lives in Stratford. And a large percentage of the executives who keep Bay Street running choose to live in Oakville, making it one of the wealthiest cities in the country.
There is life outside of the downtown core, but there are Torontonians who don’t know that, because they don’t own cars.
Here are some examples:
- The best Chinese food in the GTA isn’t in China Town — it’s in Markham (and you can get amazing Korean BBQ across the street from the Times Square building).
- Downtown Burlington has many of the amenities of Toronto (music festivals, pubs, modern restaurants, and bakeries) without the pretentious attitude. The same goes for Port Credit.
- Like hiking? Try Mount Nemo.
- If you’re looking for a mall that has everything, forget Eaton’s Centre and Yorkdale. Go to the Shops at Don Mills.
- Believe it or not, Hamilton is turning into quite the artistic place. “Starving artists” have started to migrate into the city, after balking at Toronto’s exorbitant housing costs. This has resulted in a bit of art renaissance, with frequent art crawls and exhibits.
As for those suburban transplants — don’t get too upset about them, because karma has a nice way of working things out.
You see, a lot of people move to the city before they can afford to do so. They blow all their money on rent, going out, and buying expensive things to give the impression they’re “living the life”… whatever that means.
Obviously this isn’t sustainable, and these people will end up moving to the suburbs in a few years, out of necessity — essentially turning themselves into hypocrites.
From there, it’s only a matter of time before they join the many legions of Canadians who hate the great city of Toronto.