Originally Posted by jeremy_haak
I thought this would be a far more thoughtful statement about why home, generally, seems better. Since I'm rather disappointed with what I got instead, I'll try to steer this in a more interesting direction than Montreal rocks, Ottawa sucks.
yeah, i said my piece in a stupid way. i tried to clear up what i meant above. it's just that ottawans, while they might like going out in the market or whatever, do not really see their city as an end in and of itself. it's a launchpad for outdoor activities, an infrastructural solution to festivals and parties, and sometimes a place to go perform a specific activity (dinner at beckta or something).
for montrealers, the city is an end in and of itself. torontonians are becoming like this too. here, the city is the spectacle, the city is the activity. just the city itself. as such, people live more publicly (and don't go out in merrill hiking sneakers ever. seriously. i haven't seen one pair yet. oh, ottawa.)