While the GTA has many spaces for residential buildings, planners are worried that high-rise buildings are offering life in the city, but without a city life. Some blocks have no places to buy groceries, go shopping, meet neighbors or even have empty lawns. The proposed alternative is to develop high-rise tower neighbourhoods.
Advocates are looking to change that with the help of Toronto’s planning department establishing the RAC (Residential Apartment Commercial) zoning rules. This will allow the city to build 500 buildings and loosen up restrictions for what can be put in the area. Instead of walking several blocks and crossing many streets, the planners will aim to have a central area within the neighborhoods, which will include shopping, restaurants, parks, office space, etc.
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