Toronto's Biggest Story of 2019: Mississauga

The city of Mississauga is undergoing a transformation so complete that one Toronto-based write said the suburb is the city's issue of the year.

December 18, 2019, 8:00 AM PST

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


Ontario, Canada

The Absolute World, a condominium project completed in Mississauga in 2012. | Harold Stiver / Shutterstock

"Out of the primal sprawl that was Mississauga, a city is emerging," writes Christopher Hume in an article that proclaims the suburb located to the southwest of Canada's largest city as the "Issue of the Year."

"The bedroom community west of Toronto has woken up," adds Hume. "It will take time for the new conurbation to take on its final form – if it ever does – but make no mistake, the process is well underway."

The former patchwork of subdivision is giving way to walkable, connected landscape that's downright urban, according to Hume. "Though the one-man-one-car ethos still prevails, it has reached a tipping point where Mississaugans are starting to see public transit as liberation from that curse of suburban life – auto dependence."

The article surveys civic leaders, journalists, and numerous examples of developments as evidence of Mississauga's evolution. A separate article by Jenny Febbaro notes the downside of this evolution, reporting that rents are climbing faster in Mississauga than in Toronto.

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