Wow this is bad news for Toronto.
Read more here http://ca.news.yahoo.com/torontos-gl...114359149.htmlMany of the glass condominium towers filling up the Toronto skyline will fail 15 to 25 years after they’re built, perhaps even earlier, and will need retrofits costing millions of dollars, say some industry experts.
Buyers drawn to glass-walled condos because of the price and spectacular views may soon find themselves grappling with nightmarish problems, including:
I never understood why cities in Canada ( more so the east coast in Canada and very much so Toronto and the Toronto area is really into highrise apartments and condos ..
I believe most apartments here built in the 40's and 50's are 5 stories but apartments built in the 60's , 70's and 80's for some reason is highrise apartments here even in the suburbs .The late 90's is norm to have highrise condos and is big trend here now.
Never understood why .But many of those ghettoo Toronto neighbourhoods like in St. James Town ,Regent Park, Jane and Finch or Weston
St. James Town
Those pictures of those highrise apartments look so poor .
They better make sure this does not turn into like those areas.
May be this may expplain.
St. James Town (sometimes spelled St. Jamestown) is a neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It lies in the northeast corner of the downtown area. The neighbourhood covers the area bounded by Sherbourne Street to the west, Bloor Street to the north, Parliament Street to the east, and Wellesley Street East to the south.
St. James Town is the largest high-rise community in Canada. It consists of 19 high-rise buildings (14 to 32 stories). These massive residential towers were built in the 1960s. Approximately 17,000 people live in the neighbourhood's 19 apartment towers and 4 low rise buildings, making it Canada's most densely populated community, and one of the most densely populated neighbourhoods anywhere in North America.
St. James Town began to grow in the 19th century when it became a semi-suburban area home to the city's middle class. The area was rezoned in the 1950s as the nineteenth century homes were levelled, and apartment towers — inspired by Le Corbusier's Towers in the Park concept — were erected. Each tower accommodated thousands of residents surrounded by green space, but with few amenities. Each of the buildings is named after a major Canadian city.
Aerial Photograph of St. James Ward, 1942
apartments lacked appeal and the area quickly became much poorer. Four buildings were built by the province as public housing. Today, the towers are mostly home to newly arrived immigrant families.