The last few weeks I've been working in Toronto, subletting a loft in a converted toy factory in the new neighborhood of Liberty Village. A few minute walk from a streetcar stop, I'm also around the corner from the Academy of Spherical Arts (which is on Snooker Street), the new incarnation of Mildred Pierce restaurant, a Balzac's coffee shop, 24-hour grocery store, LCBO, and more. I don't even move my car except to come back to Waterloo.
Sure, there are some weird things. The traffic's crazy. It's congested and definitely dirtier than Waterloo. Toronto businessmen all seem to wear the same style of slip-on flat-toed shoe and the same shade pink shirt.
But great heavens, what a wonderful city! It's everything a city should be, with vibrant neighborhoods, a huge cultural scene, live-work mixed together, beauty, walkability. Added to all that, it's safe and it's friendly. I have been lucky to live and work in London, New York, Boston, Ottawa, Sofia and Dar-es-Salaam, and to spend time in a number of other great cities, but really, nothing beats Toronto.