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Which of these is a greater divide?

Greater divide?

  • The 416 city vs. the 905 suburbs

    Votes: 7 70.0%
  • The old city of Toronto itself vs. the boroughs (Etobicoke, Scarborough etc.)

    Votes: 3 30.0%

  • Total voters

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Which of these do you think is the sharper fault line, all things considered (whether it be built form, character, demographics, lifestyle, culture, politics etc. or anything else you can think of) -- the old city of Toronto versus the rest of the city it was amalgamated with, or the city of Toronto (former Metro Toronto) as a whole vs. the 905 suburbs beyond?

On the one hand, the divide between the old city and the boroughs can be a big deal (as the borders of "Ford nation" attests to). On the other hand, the 416 seems to be still united to the exclusion of the 905 in other ways.
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"Old" city of Toronto would include the former City of York, Borough of East York, and the former villages and towns of Mimico, New Toronto, and Long Branch.

The "old" city could have continued to annex, piece by piece after 1920, but didn't. That led to the Township of North York breaking away from the Township of York, to keep its rural character (didn't help much). The Township of East York broke away from the Township of York because it was separated by North Toronto, at the time.
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