Toronto is living its glory days when it comes to livability rankings.
Now, architecture publication Metropolis Magazine has named it the world's most livable city.
Here are the cities that Metropolis named in its feature on the world's most livable places:
Metropolis Magazine has released its rankings of what it considers the world's most livable cities. Finland's largest city was praised for its design-driven culture, its advanced transport and its nearly 1,200 kilometres of bike paths.
One of the world's biggest cities was highlighted for a number of features, but its housing development on "tiny lots in very mixed, walkable neighborhoods" received particular attention.
Hogtown received praise for urban projects such as Tower Renewal and Waterfront Toronto.
More than 80 per cent of Singapore's people live in public housing projects. But this isn't any hold public housing. Projects here include "tropical landscaping and extensive communal spaces." Private projects, meanwhile, attract big names in architecture such as Moshe Safdie.
Copenhagen was singled out for its walking- and cycling-friendly planning. Half of all transportation to school or work in the city happens by bike.
Hong Kong has become a veritable cultural hub as its art market has boomed, and people have become attracted to the region's "tax-free status" and strong legal system. There is also growing interest in street art and Dragon Boat races.
What Indianapolis lacks in geography, it makes up for in recreational trails. The Indianapolis Cultural Trail shut down a path to traffic in favour of bikes and pedestrians, taking people to many of the city's most prominent landmarks.
The home of the Penguins and the Steelers (and the filming location for "The Dark Knight Rises") was highlighted for revitalization projects such as the Mexican War Streets, which helped create low-income housing and one of the city's most in-demand historic neighbourhoods.
One of Colombia's biggest cities has made large investments in transit that have paid off. The city, formerly known for its drug trade, has a Metrocable system, a series of gondola lifts that take people to the city's downtown.
Rotterdam is a model of sustainability, with 1,722,000 square feet of roofs that have been turned into green space.
Melbourne is one smart city. Amenities throughout the city are available within walking distance to people's homes, as 210 acres of asphalt have been changed into open space and foot paths.
The magazine's editors came up with their rankings by looking at a series of factors that affect a city's qualify of life, such as amenities, housing and the general pleasures one can take from living there.
They also spoke with a panel of experts with expertise in areas such as urban planning and architecture.
Toronto emerged atop a list of the three most livable cities; the other two were Tokyo and Helsinki, Finland.
Metropolis Magazine editorial director Paul Makovsky told Metro News that the publication had plenty of internal debate about why they should choose Toronto over the other cities.
But they were impressed with projects such as Tower Renewal, which aims to modernize the high-rise, residential towers that make up much of the city's skyline.
"In many other cities they're simply demolishing them," Makovsky told the newspaper. "Your program to renovate those buildings is really admirable and something that other cities should be looking at."
In describing Toronto, magazine contributor and Toronto Star architecture critic Christopher Hume highlighted projects such as Waterfront Toronto, an initiative to revitalize the city's harbour area, as well as the redevelopment of the Regent Park social housing complex into a mixed-income neighbourhood.
He also mentioned transit projects such as the Eglinton Crosstown, a light rail line along one of its major streets, and the Union Pearson Express, a train that takes people from downtown to Pearson Airport.
The latter has also drawn its fair share of criticism.
In addition to the most livable cities, Metropolis Magazine highlighted a number of others for factors such as walkability, transportation and preservation.
See the slideshow above to find out what they are.