advertisement advertisement advertisement When Toronto's CityPlace development was planned in the 1980s, the 30-building condo project near the city's downtown had a specific kind of tenant in mind: young professionals willing to forgo space for proximity to the jobs and action in the center of the city. But as the last of the project's high-rises and condos near completion, the roughly 18,000 people living in them are defying expectations. CityPlace has unexpectedly become home to hundreds of families. advertisement advertisement "What happened is young people have embraced living in the downtown core and also raising families in the downtown core," says Gary Pieters, a resident and former president of the CityPlace Residents Association. But the buildings themselves weren't really designed to accommodate families, he says. People have resorted to what Pieters calls "hacks" to make tower life more conducive to the needs of families. Dens have been converted into children's bedrooms. Corridors have been designated as playspaces. Shared rooms are made available for playdates and birthday parties. One room was even turned into a miniature golf course. Lacking both abundant space within their units and other communal space in the towers, residents have been clamoring for more. "We wanted social… Read full this story
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