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Old 09-26-2016, 03:08 PM
 
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Toronto isn't really a crowded city except the areas around Yonge and Dundas, but do you think the city is gonna be nearly as packed as NYC in the future?
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Old 09-26-2016, 07:11 PM
 
Location: Toronto, Canada
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Condos are going up in some places
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Old 09-26-2016, 08:37 PM
 
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Toronto isn't really a crowded city except the areas around Yonge and Dundas, but do you think the city is gonna be nearly as packed as NYC in the future?
I hope so. The alternative is the market not meeting the demand for housing and everyone but the rich getting priced out, like Vancouver. I worry, however, that the city, like so many other cities, will try to protect the single family home neighbourhoods and when all the low hanging fruit like parking lots are gone, the housing prices will skyrocket, with all of the associated harm to the local economy and quality of life for the middle class.
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Old 09-27-2016, 12:49 AM
 
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Only someone who have never seen a real city would think Toronto is "crowded". It is a laughable idea. Just look at all the low rise houses which take 95% of the city.

Even downtown need to double its population to be called dense, let alone crowded.
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Old 09-27-2016, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Seminole County, FL
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I doubt it. The street-level density just isn't there. There are a lot of tall buildings, but that's about it. I find even Montreal to feel more dense and "crowded." Of course, this may have to do with their height restrictions, which means more people and buildings crammed in small spaces. But despite Toronto's growth, I don't see it ever becoming like NYC.
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Old 09-27-2016, 09:44 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Why should Toronto be like NYC anyway? Why can't Toronto just be Toronto?
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Old 09-27-2016, 10:18 AM
 
Location: Seminole County, FL
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Why should Toronto be like NYC anyway? Why can't Toronto just be Toronto?
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For some reason, I see lots of people in or from Toronto that have this aspiration to become Canada's NYC. Even city developers seem to have some odd fixation with it. *cough cough Dundas Square*
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Old 09-27-2016, 12:37 PM
 
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The only parts that seem crowded now are the Yonge street strip/YD Square, Queen West/Kensington/Chinatown (on certain days with nice weather), and the Front street/Union Station area at rush hour.

The Downtown Toronto area currently has a residential population density of about 50,000 ppsm (excluding the Toronto islands/airport), but the daytime population density would be much higher with the addition of the workforce and daily visitors.

Downtown Toronto gets more built-up and densely populated every year by a significant amount, so over the next ten years overcrowding may indeed become an issue in certain areas.
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Old 09-27-2016, 01:45 PM
 
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I guess I should clarify my earlier statement. I'm not hoping for overcrowding in Toronto, but rather for density. Density increases, if its allowed, when the market demands it. When market demand isn't allowed to be met, prices get higher, and THAT is when overcrowding becomes a problem, because there's fewer square feet of living space being built, but the demand is still there, so people get forced into a smaller and smaller spaces because that's all they can afford. Overcrowding is produced by economics, and density is often the cure.
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Old 09-27-2016, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Poshawa, Ontario
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condos are going up everywhere
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Why should Toronto be like NYC anyway? Why can't Toronto just be Toronto?
Don't fear. Toronto will NEVER be like NYC. That comparison is an absolute joke. Seriously.... Comparing Toronto to NYC would be like comparing a Chevette to a Corvette. Ya dig?

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For some reason, I see lots of people in or from Toronto that have this aspiration to become Canada's NYC.
They certainly seem obsessed with trying to rip off historical New York chic to a great degree. I mean seriously... Do you really think the wannabe McSorley's Old Ale House in North York is in any way comparable with the historic McSorley's Old Ale House (the oldest bar in Manhattan) that served the likes of Abraham Lincoln and John Lennon? Or that a corned beef sandwich from Katz's of North York will anyway compare to the experience you'd receive at the world-famous Katz's of Manhattan's LES? Or that the dozen or so establishments of Toronto's so-called "Restaurant Row" in any way compares to the 50 or so restaurants on the original Restaurant Row of Manhattan? I could go on, but let's just say the lame Toronto version of vaunted NYC establishments is like a cheap Chinese knockoff of the real thing. Why can't Toronto stop desperately trying to be NYC and start establishing it's own identity?

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