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02-24-2013, 01:08 AM
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Originally Posted by GwtGlads2013 View Post
So do most Jets fans actually live in Winnipeg itself?
Originally Posted by Andy6 View Post
Winnipeg doesn't really have sprawling distant exurban suburbs in the way that a U.S. city would have, if that's what you mean. It's all one lump, with the city itself comprising around 90% of the "metropolitan area" population, which in any event is only about 750,000 people in total. I'd guess that a typical Winnipegger would be within at most 25-30 minutes drive (non-rush hour) of 90% of the other people in the city. So if you said, let's go skating, it would indeed be feasible for many of the people on this board to show up 45 minutes later, wherever you were in the city. I'm in Toronto, where such invitations wouldn't make much sense, and I certainly miss this aspect of life in Winnipeg.
To add to this, most Canadian cities (other than Toronto and Vancouver) have amalgamated, meaning all the suburbs are essentially just neighbourhoods. You don't have multiple separately-governed towns that border on the city, they're typically separated by some distance of highway/farmland if they're not part of the city - think New York with its boroughs rather than the Twin Cities. That's a huge difference I've noticed between the U.S. and Canada (again, aside from Toronto & Vancouver). Besides which, Winnipeg is really not that big. Most Jets fans live in Winnipeg and can get to a centrally located area in under 30 minutes on the weekend.

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