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Toronto is the world’s most livable city according to a new ranking published this week by Metropolis magazine. Tokyo, Japan came in at number two on the list while Helsinki, Finland came in third.

The list created by the New York-based publication factored in elements like population, transportation, preservation, cost of living and job opportunity. Some of the reasons cited for Toronto’s top ranking in the Metropolis write-up on the list included its expanding job market, massive development boom and the preservation of the Ontario Greenbelt.

The article cited Tower Renewal as one of the most forward-thinking initiatives in the evolving city. A partnership that includes the City of Toronto, CMHC, the University of Toronto and others, the project aims to reconfigure residential areas in innovative, eco-friendly ways and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the city.

Nathan Phillips Square, Kensington Market and even Uncle Tetsu’s perpetually-busy cheesecake shop at Dundas and Bay were mentioned as examples of the vibrant, dynamic vibe of the city. While the article touted the new Union Pearson Express as one of Toronto’s strong points, it also indicated that the city’s transit system hasn’t quite been able to keep up with its massive population boom. A quickly shrinking pool of affordable housing in the city was also cited as a weakness.

However, the City of Toronto is trying its best to accommodate the influx of new residents with projects like the Eglinton Crosstown and subway extensions to surrounding municipalities. Despite its flaws, Toronto still nabbed Metropolis’s top spot for its diverse mix of people, cultures and food — and we wouldn’t change it for anything.

In addition to ranking the top three most livable cities, Metropolis asked a variety of scholars, researchers, city planners and architects to help them rank other global cities which are surpassing the rest in one particular area like walkability or culture. Check out a few of those cities below:

Copenhagen (Walkability)
Hong Kong (Culture)
Indianapolis (Landscape)
Medellín (Transportation)
Melbourne (Smart Infrastructure)
Pittsburgh (Preservation)
Rotterdam (Sustainability)

The editors finished off the study with a few “Cities to Watch” in future years, which included Ávila, Spain, Christchurch, New Zealand and Doha, Qatar.

Toronto has also recently been ranked the number one city in the world by the Economist.

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