Toronto vs. Cleveland – A Comparability of Cities, Subway Areas, and Sports activities

Toronto vs. Cleveland – A Comparison of Cities, Subway Areas, and

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Here’s a comparison of Toronto and Cleveland in terms of sports, lifestyle, attractions, and other things as the Blue Jays and begin their American League Championship Series.

Which city has the tallest building? How much bigger is Toronto’s population. What about fun things like comedy or trivial things like the longest streets?

In the following slides we compare the two cities in different ways – without leaving out sports, of course.

While the Blue Jays and face each other on the baseball diamond, Toronto is probably better known in the sports world for the Maple Leafs ice hockey team and Cleveland over the years for the Browns soccer team.

That changed earlier, of course, with the Cavs’ 2016 NBA title.

Learn more about the two cities by scrolling through the slides below. This is an updated version of what we released during the 2016 NBA Eastern Conference Finals between Cleveland and Toronto.

Toronto vs. Cleveland – A Comparison of Cities, Subway Areas, and Sports

From Rich Exner

October 14, 2016

Flip through the slides below to see a Toronto versus Cleveland comparison – sports and other topics – as the American League Championship Series between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Cleveland kicks off with Game 1 in Cleveland on Friday.

(Photos of Toronto, left, and Cleveland by Rich Exner,

Population – 6.1 million versus 2.8 million

Around 6.1 million people live on the Toronto subway, well ahead of the closest Canadian subway areas Montreal (4.1 million) and Vancouver (2.5 million). For comparison, the population of Greater Cleveland (Cuyahoga and the six surrounding counties) is 2.8 million.

(Video with recommendations for Cleveland locations by Rich Exner,

America’s longest street runs through Cleveland; Toronto’s Yonge Street is the longest street in the world?

Yonge Street in Toronto has often been referred to as the longest street in the world at over 1,100 miles. It starts in the city and extends north and west. But the Guinness Book of Records took that title away in 1999, partly because Yonge Street becomes Highway 11. The longest street in the US is US 20 and runs right through downtown Cleveland as Euclid Avenue. The US 20 extends 3,365 miles from Boston to Newport, Oregon.

(Photo of the associated press file)

Tall buildings in Toronto and Cleveland are roughly the same; But the CN Tower tops it all

The tallest building in Toronto, First Canadian Place, reaches 72 stories and 978 feet in the air. This makes it the 139th tallest building in the world. Cleveland’s Key Tower – 57 stories and 947 feet – is the 159th in the world. But Toronto has an even taller structure that is not considered a building. The CN Tower reaches a height of 1,815 feet.

(Photo of Cleveland’s Key Tower, left, by John Kuntz,; Photo of Toronto’s CN Tower by Lisa DeJong, The Plain Dealer)

Stadiums with and without a roof

Cleveland plays baseball in a park, Progressive Field, with great views of the downtown skyline. Toronto plays in a stadium, the Rogers Center, which has a retractable roof Is closed when the weather is not so nice.

(Progressive Field Photo by Robert Higgs,

Hall of Fame – Rock, Soccer and Hockey

Cleveland has the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Pro Hall of Fame is located in Canton. Toronto has the Hockey Hall of Fame.

(Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, left, by John Kuntz,; Pro Hall of Fame by Associated Press)

Second city

Toronto has been home to a Second City comedy stage for years. Famous alumni are Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner and Martin Short. Cleveland once had its own Second City Club, but it didn’t last long and closed after 19 months in January 2004.

(Photo of the sign outside of Toronto’s Second City, Rich Exner,

Great Lakes boardwalks

Toronto is the largest city on Lake Ontario. Cleveland is the largest city on Lake Erie.

(Photos of Lake Ontario near downtown Toronto, left, and Lake Erie near downtown Cleveland by Rich Exner,

Baseball story

Toronto won the World Series titles in 1992 and 1993. It took 1993 a former Clevelander to hit the profit margin. A home game by ex-Indian Joe Carter in the ninth inning ended the series in six games in 1993. The won the last of their two World Series titles in 1948.

(Video shows Carter’s homerun)

Veteran voices

Tom Hamilton, on the left in the photo, is broadcasting Cleveland games in his 27th season. Jerry Howarth is with his back to the camera in his 36th season as part of the Toronto Blue Jays broadcasting crew. He recently made headlines by saying he would not say the word “Indians” on the American League Championship Series airing and has not said “Indians” on the Are since 1992.

(2000 file photo of Hamilton, Howarth, and American Indian announcers Matt Underwood and Mike Hegan, from Chuck Crow, the plain dealer)

Sports traditions – and hockey

The Toronto Maple Leafs, once known as Arenas and St. Patricks, have won 13 NHL titles, but none since 1967 when the NHL was a six-team league. The Cleveland Browns have won eight championships – the first four in the All-America Conference – but none since 1964. In 1964, the NFL had 14 teams.

(Jim Brown and Frank Ryan after the 1964 Cleveland Browns championship game, Plain Dealer File photo; Toronto Maple Leafs after 1962 championship win, Associated Press.)

NBA title for Cleveland – after beating Toronto

The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Toronto Raptors in the 2016 Eastern Conference finals en route to the NBA title.

(Photo LeBron James of the Cavs greets Toronto’s Bixmack Biyombo after the crucial game in Toronto by Thomas Ondrey, The Plain Dealer)

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