Comment 34223

By rusty (registered) - website | Posted September 29, 2009 at 10:30:18

Such as St Lawrence Mkt (along the esplanade) which has geared to income apts and townhouses (aka a VARIETY of housing including afforable housing options!).

What the Esplanade (my neighbourhood btw) has are LOW-RISE condos (8 storey's, I believe, is the max). I find it hard to believe that the 'hood would have the same community feel if the condos were 50 floor monsters.

To Geoff's 2 cents comments: I agree that 'ground level' planning is a key component of neighbourhood vitality, however you are literally the first person I've heard talk about the 'community' of high rise living. Their very design discourages - prevents - co-mingling with fellow residents. Their sheer height blocks the sky and thus affects the ground floor experience. And they are unnecessary for us to achieve our density goals.

I agree with Meredith that Yonge/Eg folks are probably more concerned with mixing with different classes than preserving their community. I also agree that low-rise developments - like the suburbs - can be devoid of community also. What we need is a mixture of good street level planning and low-rise developments.



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