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1. It’s North America’s boomtown.

It's North America's boomtown.

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Toronto has tripled its number of skyscrapers from 13 to 44 in the last 9 years.

2. Toronto just became bigger than Chicago.

Toronto just became bigger than Chicago.

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Toronto’s 2,791,140 (and growing) vs. Chicago’s 2,707,120 (and shrinking).

3. It’s the world’s most multicultural city.

It's the world's most multicultural city.

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Nearly half the city’s population was born outside of Canada.

4. Toronto does post-industrial in style.

Toronto does post-industrial in style.

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The Distillery District.

5. It even does sewage treatment in style.

It even does sewage treatment in style.

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The R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant.

6. Toronto is clean. Like, really clean.

Toronto is clean. Like, really clean.

7. It’s safe. Like, really safe. Maybe too safe.

It's safe. Like, really safe. Maybe too safe.

Toronto police during the 2010 G20 summit.

8. Toronto rappers are polite and wholesome…

Toronto rappers are polite and wholesome...

Started from Toronto now we here.

…while the mayor smokes crack in the projects….

...while the mayor smokes crack in the projects....

…and gets crunked in public…

...and gets crunked in public...

… and uses foul language on the regular…

... and uses foul language on the regular...

Rob Ford: always enough to eat.

… and nobody seems to see anything wrong with this picture.

... and nobody seems to see anything wrong with this picture.

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9. Toronto’s street meat is superior to yours.

Toronto's street meat is superior to yours.

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Put me in your mouth.

Put me in your mouth.

10. St. Lawrence Market is one of the best in the world.

St. Lawrence Market is one of the best in the world.

11. Peameal (Canadian bacon) sandwiches rock.

Peameal (Canadian bacon) sandwiches rock.

Carousel Bakery.

12. Brunch is the closest thing to religion they have.

Brunch is the closest thing to religion they have.

The County General.

13. Toronto makes better poutine than Montreal. Yeah I said it.

Toronto makes better poutine than Montreal. Yeah I said it.

Classic poutine = fries, hot beef gravy and melty cheese curds.

14. Toronto’s food scene gives any city on the planet a run for its money.

Toronto's food scene gives any city on the planet a run for its money.

Bar Isabel.

15. Indy coffee shops outnumber Starbucks by a long shot.

Indy coffee shops outnumber Starbucks by a long shot.

Te Aro coffeeshop.

16. Toronto was tolerant before it was trendy.

Toronto was tolerant before it was trendy.

17. Its big hometown bank never goes bust.

Its big hometown bank never goes bust.

18. Social housing looks like this.

Social housing looks like this.

19. It’s Canada but Torontonians party on the beach every weekend.

It's Canada but Torontonians party on the beach every weekend.

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Cherry Beach.

Okay, not EVERY weekend.

Okay, not EVERY weekend.

20. It gets pretty cold, but they don’t seem to mind one bit.

It gets pretty cold, but they don't seem to mind one bit.

… sometimes they mind.

... sometimes they mind.

21. The city has secluded islands just minutes away by ferry.

The city has secluded islands just minutes away by ferry.

22. Kensington Market rocks…

Kensington Market rocks...

Street music on Pedestrian Sundays in Kensington.

…and needs to keep fighting gentrification for Toronto’s sake.

...and needs to keep fighting gentrification for Toronto's sake.

23. There’s a neighborhood for pretty much everyone.

There's a neighborhood for pretty much everyone.

And anyone.

And anyone.

And everyone.

And everyone.

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24. They’ve managed to condense all of Asia into a single mall.

They've managed to condense all of Asia into a single mall.

25. Toronto has six Chinatowns.

Toronto has six Chinatowns.

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