The Upside of Toronto's Condo Boom
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The Upside of Toronto’s Condo Boom

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Unlike our neighbour to the south, Canada has an interesting population problem: despite having the second-largest landmass in the world, the country still suffers from a population slightly smaller than that of California. The biggest downside to this, of course, is the large tracts of land just waiting to be turned into the most nightmarish form of settlement: the ‘burbs.
While some harbour doubts about the ability of condos to solve this problem, today’s Metro reports on the upside of Toronto’s tower boom: half of Toronto’s target 500,000 people have moved in already. The goal was to get half a million more people south of Steeles in 30 years, but a quarter-million have already made the M postal code their own in just five.

Glenn Miller said it’s very difficult to say if the city development is actually halting urban sprawl. But he agreed that having people move into a 250-unit condo on King Street West means it’s less likely that a 250-home subdivision will be built in Stouffville.

At this rate, Toronto (proper) is poised to surpass our sister city Chicago’s within-city-limits population, which would cement us at the third largest city in North America, after New York and Los Angeles. For those keeping score, this could put Toronto in the “Alpha” category for “world class” status, up from our current Beta.
What this does not address, however, is the inevitable question: will a denser, more populated Toronto mean a more vibrant Toronto? Or will these new residents simply commute north anyway, rendering Toronto’s new high-rise neighbourhoods bedroom communities?
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