a young child of a family living in a resiscraper


If you have kept track of the condo development in Toronto (and if not, then what have you been doing) you know there is quite a condo craze going on at the moment. In january 2015 alone, 10.000 new units were completed, with many thousands on the way.

As much as the influx of new urbanites is good for developers, local taxes and urban life, some consider the condo boom to be a mixed blessing. The 2014 documentary The Condo Game points out the dangers of speculation investment, shoddy construction and a lack of investment in infrastructure. This excellent article on torontolife.com shows that family life in a 700-square-foot (or less) condo may be prefered for now, but not much a way of life further down the family road, when all there is to chose from are studio’s and one bedroom apartments.

But that discussion is beyond the scope of this term. What the condo development did do is reintroducing kids growing up in skyscrapers, as they now routinely do in Toronto. As this book already proved, kids can grow up perfectly well in a big city environment where everything is just part of one large play ground, I have no doubt kids will do just fine living in a skyscraper. So yes, welcome to the condo kid. It’ll be interesting to see if and how the need for specific family targeted amenities will develop alongside the growth of the condo market in Canada’s largest city.

Even though condo suggest this involves families which bought their apartment, it’s okay to apply this term to families living in rental apartments as well.