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Old Posted Oct 17, 2018, 8:07 PM
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What's missing from your city?

What's missing from your town or city. When you look around and realize other places similarly sized as your location have things that yours is missing what is it or what are they?

The one thing I find it strange Toronto doesn't have not only for it's size but for it's demographic mapping is a Chinese Garden. Vancouver has one, Montreal, but nowhere in the GTA can you find one. If you Google Toronto Chinese Garden's all you will find are restaurants.


Ad anything and everything you think is missing from where you live.

Vancouver
[IMG]Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden by Adrian Berg, on Flickr[/IMG]


Montreal
[IMG]Le Jardin Botanique, Chinese Garden, Montreal by Sarah Nichols, on Flickr[/IMG]

Toronto
[IMG]Free delivery by Gary Baker, on Flickr[/IMG]

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Old Posted Oct 17, 2018, 8:10 PM
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That's not Vancouver's Chinese Garden.

This is: https://vancouverchinesegarden.com/
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Old Posted Oct 17, 2018, 8:15 PM
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Winnipeg: a waterpark or an amusement park. Our climate is the culprit for the latter, but I find it surprising that an indoor waterpark has never been built somewhere along the way. Many small towns in Manitoba have more impressive setups than we do.
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Ottawa-Gatineau has a couple of waterparks but no amusement park with roller coasters and other thrill rides.
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Old Posted Oct 17, 2018, 8:21 PM
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That top pic is the Buddhist temple place in Richmond.

I don't know what Vancouver is missing, maybe a good waterpark.
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My city doesn't have affordability. Does that count?
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Ottawa-Gatineau has a couple of waterparks but no amusement park with roller coasters and other thrill rides.
And no botanical garden ...
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Old Posted Oct 17, 2018, 8:24 PM
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And no botanical garden ...
The Dominion Arboretum does not count?
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The Dominion Arboretum does not count?
Only "kinda sorta" - it's not much of an attraction at present.
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Old Posted Oct 17, 2018, 8:59 PM
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Toronto lacks lakes or reservoirs to boat in. Okay the big lake you can but most casual paddlers don't want to ferry over to the islands first and rent. And launching from mainland should only be done on really calm days.

But for instance, you can't boat on Grenadier pond in high park like you can in Central park NYC. There were rentals a long time ago. No idea why boating is not allowed in a place that seems perfect for a paddle.

There several lakes or ponds within city limits but no rentals and I'm fairly certain they have no boating signs.

Rivers are another story. Humber, Don, Rouge you can paddle in. Humber you can take a motor boat in.

As for GTA, lots of lakes and reservoirs to rent. Can also use electric motor in most.
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Toronto is missing a CHL team since st Mike's majors moved to Sauga. Though TO does have AHL team.

Not sure if Vancouver Giants, Calgary Hitmen and Edmonton oil kings are in city limits but they have CHL.

GTA has Mississauga Steelheads and Oshawa generals. And not long ago had St Mike's and Brampton as well in addition to the Marlies.
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Halifax is lacking a downtown department store, whether it be a full size Bay, Simons, Holt's type store or a smaller discount store like Giant Tiger. We only have speciality boutique-type shops, grocery stores, and pharmacies. I'd be happy if we just had one downtown Giant Tiger honestly.

We also don't really have a zoo since the closest one is over an hour away. But that's close enough to suit me so meh...
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Montreal has no pro baseball team, not even in independent minor leagues.
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Old Posted Oct 17, 2018, 9:51 PM
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Housing that isn't priced for offshore money.
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Old Posted Oct 17, 2018, 9:54 PM
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My city is missing many things obviously with our size. A major department store might be top of the charts. No mall either but are new malls a thing anymore? Even big box seems to have gone downhill.
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Old Posted Oct 17, 2018, 10:26 PM
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The toronto zoo is over an hour away from most people in the GTA, being located on the far northeastern corner of Toronto.


Toronto right now is missing an indoor water park I believe..

Toronto doesn't have a major dirty industrial area any more unless you count Hamilton harbour, most cities of its size have some sort of scorched earth type industrial sites..

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Old Posted Oct 17, 2018, 10:30 PM
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Halifax is lacking a downtown department store, whether it be a full size Bay, Simons, Holt's type store or a smaller discount store like Giant Tiger. We only have speciality boutique-type shops, grocery stores, and pharmacies. I'd be happy if we just had one downtown Giant Tiger honestly.
There's Mills Brothers and a Miniso but this is generally true.

It's not something people would notice as much today but Hudson's Bay was conspicuously absent from downtown Halifax in 1950. I don't think they came to the region until the 1960's or so, and when they came they opened suburban stores. Quebec City also does not have a downtown location and I am not sure they ever had one, but they do have Simons (it started there).

The single Bay location left in metro Halifax is a depressing run down suburban location in Dartmouth, not even in the nicest mall in the city, let alone downtown.

I would not be surprised if Halifax ends up with a Simons soon.

Other missing Halifax stuff:
- Stadium with more than 10,000 permanent seats
- Downtown train station or multimodal transit hub (instead trains go to one place, ferries are someplace else, buses terminate in a third location)
- Purpose-built performing arts venue with more than 1,000 seats or so. There are lots of medium-sized venues but no big ones (not counting arenas). The nicest theatre in the city was torn down in the 1970's and a bigger one was never built.
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Old Posted Oct 17, 2018, 10:33 PM
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Chicago is missing a second NFL team

Bring back the Chicago Cardinals!!!
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Old Posted Oct 17, 2018, 10:46 PM
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Housing that isn't priced for offshore money.
I might say 200,000 housing units. I'm not sure this is in the spirit of the thread topic though.

It's true that in Vancouver's case I feel like the city suffers most from the lack of some stable smaller businesses and cultural spaces rather than major landmarks. The small stuff is getting squeezed out, and those amenities matter just as much to day to day life.

I also feel like Vancouver could use one or two additional major indoor attractions along the lines of the anthropology museum or art gallery.
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I also feel like Vancouver could use one or two additional major indoor attractions along the lines of the anthropology museum or art gallery.
A real world class art gallery would be nice, but this is a common deficiency in Canadian cities.
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