Originally Posted by Razor
Okay, I mentioned this before and here are my thoughts regarding city sizes.
I think Edmonton, Calgary, and Ottawa are at that sweet spot for size, whereas they are big enough to have pro sports (just not the big 4), major concerts, festivals, shows,and restaurant choices to keep the regular person happy with "what's going on" on any given weekend they want to go out.
The commute is some what still bearable.I could be wrong,but an average city with 2 million doesn't have much more happening..Just more of the same box stores, sub-burbs,and repetition of services.Also more traffic hassles.
Having said that, I think that when a city hits the next level (Toronto, Montreal,etc.), That's when you see the differences.The "Metropolis" feel comes in, and you see more of the major sports, world class zoos,Planetariums, Formula races, world tourneys (tennis), and so on.
Also, cities this size develop more districts geared to art,recording or theatre.Sure, Ottawa has a bonafide "China town" and "Little Italy", but it doesn't have "Korean or Greek town".In Ottawa you can go to a broadway show, at say the NAC, but Toronto actually has a bonafide theatre district. At the same token cities like Chicago don't have much more going on then Toronto, even though it's significantly bigger. New York or London would be the next level up.Just my opinion. I guess what I'm saying or rationalizing is that if moving to a bigger centre for more culture, goings on etc. is the only motivating factor for me to leave Ottawa, I wouldn't aim for a Vancouver sized city (location aside)..It would be the Torontos of the world.