Re: Should we enforce height limits downtown?
If my experience in Toronto living in a highrise condo is any example, I would say that highrises sterilize the environment in which they are located. They remove life because often, like Sparks Street, no one lives in them. Because parks are rarely created to support highrise office buildings or condos (due to a lack of space), there simply isn’t any real plant or animal life around them… trees, birds, squirrels, etc. And, when there is a park nearby, it often becomes a home for the homeless, which makes it unwelcoming or inaccessible to everyone else.
Skyscrapers are not about ‘building community’ or creating ‘livable spaces’. They are about maximizing profit.