As I mentioned before, I was recently in Chicago for a conference. The first thing that struck me was Chicago’s similar shape to Toronto.
I decided to confirm my suspicions with Google Maps’ rotating feature, and the results are in:
Looks pretty much the same! Our sister city is really our twin? From this map we can see that Chicago’s highway system and street grid is highly rational. I’m also more aware of Toronto’s larger grid system (the scales of each are similar, not exact. Hey, it’s Google maps). Also, Toronto seems to have a lot more greenery than Chicago.
If Toronto and Chicago had a child, it would look like this (my location would be at the University College of Chicagotoronto):
One thing that strikes me is how similar Chicago’s highway system is to our subway system. If you squint a bit, you can see it here, where only Chicago’s highways and Toronto’s subways are shown:
For the Chicagoans reading this, here’s a map of Toronto rotated: