CBCToronto City Council approved almost 7,000 new condo units this week, adding to the nearly 70,000 already in the pipeline, in a staggering rate of development that has some wondering if the city's infrastructure can keep up.
Landing at Toronto's Billy Bishop airport, flyers can count a sea of construction cranes dotting the skyline.
There are a lot of them for condo projects in various stages of development, and there is about to be even more.
"Wow, more condos? We have so many downtown already," said Toronto resident Colton Kotanko. "Why does it have to be downtown? There's less and less to do here."
Toronto already has the highest rate of development anywhere in the world, even before this week's council-approved $21 billion in new development, mostly concentrated in the downtown core.
The development is a financial boon that is hard for council to turn down, but chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat admits there is risk in going forward with condo development at this rate without knowing if infrastructure development can match it.
"We cannot afford to pause on the downtown relief line. We are creating a problem that is only going to grow," Keesmaat said. "You could argue in some areas that a pause is required. There have been times I have sat around the table with my colleagues and we have struggled with that question."
Please build that darn DRL ASAP! hno: