Future plans for urban families
North American popular culture rarely depicts children living in apartments. Large families, like those depicted on shows like Full House, live in houses on TV, but highrises are typically reserved for the twentysomethings on Friends.
However, as the desire to live near urban amenities has increased and the affordability of single-family homes spirals out of reach for many in large cities, more and more kids are living in highrise communities. Given this reality, how can Toronto transform high-density areas to support families with children?
That’s the question a recently initiated City of Toronto Planning study is attempting to answer. Growing Up: Planning for Children in New Vertical Communities will examine how new multi-unit housing can better accommodate households with kids.
Growing Up will develop strategies to help ensure that new developments have more familyfriendly units, building amenities and public spaces around buildings.These studies build on the success of our recent Midtown in Focus public realm plan, which has already helped secure five new community green spaces in just the past two years.
In addition, exciting plans for a Midtown Hub recreation facility at Davisville Public School are moving forward, and I was recently able to secure 52 new affordable child care spaces as part of a new development for the local community. The pace of growth should not be allowed to continue moving faster than the social infrastructure needed to support our kids’ quality of life.
For a link to the Growing Up study, please visit the planning page on my website: www.joshmatlow.ca
Ward 22 councillor Josh Matlow and daughter Molly at a Midtown playground