Take that for whatever you feel it's worth. Having spent much of my time downtown and in the suburbs, I don't feel either end is more polite. Off the boat Chinese people down town won't say thank you or apologize if they bump into you....South Asian people straight off the boat in Mississauga and so on won't say thank you or apologize either. For me, at least the Chinese people will act like nothing happened and keep on walking whereas I always find I open doors (ie. walking into the bank) for Indian people (usually a mother and a young adult son) and they will give me this awkward look, drop their eyes and walk by. Asshole and awkward as ****. lol
Other than that, I find Toronto to be very pleasant (been to many cities and it doesn't stand out as worse than any, but definitely better than some). People are always willing to help if needed and are polite. Maybe I'm living in a parallel universe...I dunno.
I agree that Toronto is probably one of the safest places to raise a family, but just because the city is safe, doesn't mean it's "world class".
Safety is only a small part of the equation found in the first link. Still puts Toronto in the 11-15 range. Whatever anyone says, the cut off line for a city being world class and not world class is purely subjective. Obviously NYC, Tokyo, etc. are more world class. But it's like saying Kevin Garnett isn't a world class bball player simply because Kareem is. Whatever your cut off line is, that's your call, but to point to other cities as the reason why really isn't much of a in depth reason. Know what I'm saying?
"I can jump really high."
What's your vert?"
"Pshhh, you can barely jump. My vert is 45."
Many people who rate these cities as a living call Toronto world class. From my perspective, that's good enough for me.
PS: Not trying to get into an argument about whether Toronto is great or not. I enjoy spending as much time there as possible. My argument is more centered around the logic that one city can't be world class because another city is better.
Toronto is a World Class City. However, I feel most outsiders are ignorant about the city. I mean, I've seen it called a small market, when it's obviously not. There's so much in this city to explore, the transportation isn't that great but... there's more than enough here to keep every demographic happy.