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"If USA is wealthier than Canada, why does Canada feel more developed (far cleaner cities, a lot less crime, fewer homeless people, significantly higher life expectancy)?"

People near the 'tropics' tend to have shorter life spans. Take out the southeast part of the US and I'd bet the statistics change.

Maybe because we have more folks who can afford 'fast food' and more 'fast food' restaurants? And more TV to watch rather than the few channels approved by the Canadian government before satellite TV arrived? I remember being at hotels in Canada and they had 4 channels on the TV sets. 3 of them were Canadian government run channels.

Could be that their building codes were designed to built long lasting housing rather than wood and shorter lived construction that resulted in tearing down 40-80 year old buildings to build new. Or that you could do it.....

Yes, the pollution of cities (with coal burning industries) made many move out of the city......and even a hundred of 150 years ago, the rich folks typically lived NE, N, and NW of the downtown areas as the winds came out of the NW, blowing the pollution to the SE which usually was where the 'lower income folks' lived. As cities expanded folks COULD move to the suburbs as bus routes expanded and slow moving 'trolleys' didn't serve them. My parents moved out of NYC 7 miles after WW2. Folks returning from WW2 wanted their picket fence and backyard for kids to play in, and no one stomping on the ceiling at midnight.

Of course, Canada is a LOT colder - more darkness - so maybe folks didn't want to fight six months of winter weather trying to drive/commute to work? Live closer in?

Oh, Canada has it's problems between the Provinces.....and heck, Quebec is always ready to succeed from the Commonwealth.....

Also, the article was completely devoid of analysis of race make up of the populations. What is the minority percentage of most of Canadian cities? Hmmm......

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