Thursday, May 07, 2009

Diverse, clean and safe

"In downtown Toronto, folks enter and exit the Art Gallery of Ontario, which is one of the largest art museums in North America, Friday, April, 10, 2009."

It feels like I was in Toronto so long ago, but I guess I was, a little less than a month ago I was roaming the streets and doing some shooting up there.

If you can remember, I traveled north to Ontario last month for a week and had a blast. Toronto was one of the stops I completly fell in love with.

Driving from Niagara Falls with Lake Ontario to my direct right the entire way up, I could see the CN Tower and city skyline during the drive. It made me wonder how fast it would be by boat straight across the lake.

What really attracted me to the most populous city in Canada is that Toronto is one of the world's most diverse cities. To me, it was almost like being in a super compacted New York City. Yet, with less crime.

The low crime rate in Toronto is the polar opposite of Baltimore and DC. Low murders. Its reputation is also on the other end of spectrum, as it posts as one of the safest major cities in North America.

Not only did I feel safe walking around during my short one-day stay, but the people were friendly no matter what neighborhood I was in.

I walked through many different parts of the city, including: Chinatown, Greektown, Little Italy, Portugal Village, and Little India among others. All equally as interesting as the other.

The city seemed very trendy and clean too despite all the bills and posted ads. I really could go on and on about what I liked about it. But I'll spare all the details. I would really love to go back for an extended period of time. Wonder if The Star hosts any interns? Hmm.

Aside from my personal likes of the city, I had to visit the centerpiece: The CN Tower. At a height of 1,815 feet, it stands as the world's tallest freestanding structure.

To give you an idea how tall it was, I went in the Yokohama Landmark Tower before, the tallest building in Japan, and that is only 970 feet tall. The Empire State building in New York City is a lot closer though. That stands at 1,453 feet, however, I am not sure how far you can go up in either.

Here are some frames I liked. Didn't feel like editing them down any further, so enjoy the extras.


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