Hear ye, Hear ye

Welcome to the Hogtown Crier. If this is your first time here, let me tell what the HC is all about.

I’m a big fan of cities. I’ve visited a few other big western cities and while the point can be made that cities are all the same or equal until they’re your city, Toronto is objectively the best one. It’s also mine. I’ve always been a Torontonian elitist who was happy to scoff at the suburbs or small towns from my soapbox, but really I have nothing to back up that disdain other than the predictable urban arguments of connectivity, diversity, anonymity, great restaurants, thriving arts scene, walkability, access, general awesomeness. It’s almost too easy to love this place, isn’t it?

Here’s the caveat. To truly love someone you have to get to know them deeply, you have to learn about where they’ve come from. If you know someone a little bit you may know where they went to school or their job, if you know someone better you may know where they live and what they do with their spare time. But to really know someone you have to know their in-between stories; their experience as an awkward teenager, their weird cousin, their embarrassing story about almost getting arrested for doing donuts in a Scarborough parking lot at midnight. Y’know, the good stuff. I want to be able to back up my love of the city with the knowledge of it’s nooks and crannies.

The Hogtown Crier is my exploration of a Toronto that I think I know, but want to truly love. My hope is to find and share interesting snippets from the storied past of our city, to share history in a way that’s interesting to me in the hopes that it may interest you.

2 thoughts on “Hear ye, Hear ye

  1. Some people say that Montreal is a city to passionately fall in love with and Toronto’s a city to be fond of. Is this true? Some people say Toronto’s the world first postmodern city, as it suffers identity and angst issues common to that orientation. Is this true? Some say Toronto should separate from Canada and become the Republic of Toronto. If this is true, should the new Republic include the GTA, the present City of Toronto, or just the area bounded by Donlands, Bloor-Danforth, Roncy, and the Lake?

    1. My vote would be original city boundaries of Bathurst, Dundasish, the Don Valley, and the Lake. I bet the official debate over the boundaries would take way too long – so in the meantime I would heartily back any attempts at an independent micronation within the city, kind of like this guy. In which case it could just be bounded by a yard fence. Or front door.

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