It could also be a self-selection bias.So after the Keg we went to go watch "Little Italy". I think everyone in the theatre was Italian. Anyways the movie takes place in torontos little Italy. So I'd recommend it for that alone. But I think it's interesting that the Italians seemed to loved the movie and the setting of Little Italy. On the other hand most of these people left the city for the suburbs. What led them to that. Myself I'm not Italian. I'm dutch I don't think there's a little Holland. But if I was Italian I'd definitely want to live in little Italy. Anyways I do find it interesting that in Italy people lived super dense in the city. Then they moved here and lived less dense. Then they moved again and lived even less dense. Then they make fun of "elites" yet love to romanticize the good old days which included living dense.
By the way my Italian friends who live at highway 7 and islington area think that the brt is destroying their neighbourhood. And they are one of the lucky people who don't live to far from the highway so will be able to walk to the road to access a bus
Those Italians and their descendants are the Italians that left super dense Italy to come to the new world and chase the "American Dream", or "Canadian Dream" in our case.
What did the American/Canadian dream of the second half of the 20th century fetishize? Might have something to do with those suburban houses, backyards and automobiles.
But it is indeed curious that they escape their suburbs on Sundays to come to Little Italy or Corso Italia after mass.