With 77,000 new condos on tap, can Toronto handle the influx?

Global News

Watch above: Why experts say city infrastructure needs to keep up with development. Sean Mallen reports. 

TORONTO – [tweetable text=”City councillors approved a staggering 755 storeys of new development in the city’s downtown core on Tuesday”]City councillors approved a staggering 755 storeys of new development in the city’s downtown core on Tuesday[/tweetable] as part of an ongoing effort to increase density south of Bloor Street.

That’s 6,887 new units, 377,900 square metres of non-residential space and 5.3 acres of new parkland.

And that’s on top of 70,000 residential units already approved and just waiting to be built.

But much as good planning demands density – and seductive as it can be for politicians to use construction cranes as campaign props – can Toronto’s infrastructure handle the influx of people, cars and buildings?

So far, yes. But if the city doesn’t move forward with infrastructure fixes and upgrades, it risks falling behind, leaving…

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