A brave, iconoclastic Michelle Dean in Toronto Life (October 2011; Readability view):

[B]y the time you read this I’ll have left to go back to New York…. I’d be lying… if I said I wasn’t, in some sense, actively and consciously rejecting the city itself.

“You expected too much of Toronto,” said one [friend], with a bitterness that surprised me…. What I expected of Toronto was for it to expect something of itself. But this isn’t that kind of town.

[What] we should talk about… is how this city’s devotion to the comfortable middlebrow costs something. Specifically: The ambition to be better.

In fact, for the last year or so, things have indeed been quite bad in Toronto….. [T]he people with the big dreams… who might have had the gumption and the stamina to make those big fixes? Well, Toronto says to them: This isn’t the place for you.

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