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Old Posted Jun 6, 2018, 11:54 PM
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Mississauga: The High Rise Suburb

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nice compositions. An interesting juxtaposition of highrises and suburbs.
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Old Posted Jun 7, 2018, 12:53 AM
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Good mixture of houses and condos.
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Post-war detached homes with skyscrapers in the back is such a weird sight.
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That is just so odd from a U.S. perspective. It looks like someone took Dallas highrises and put them in Warren, MI.

What is the typical buyer demographic for a giant condo tower in the middle of 70's-era sprawl?
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Post-war detached homes with skyscrapers in the back is such a weird sight.
Couldn't agree more.
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Can't say architecturally that those houses (or even this suburb) are pretty to look at whatsoever. That said, I so wish US suburbs had random condo towers in them like you see here.
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What is the typical buyer demographic for a giant condo tower in the middle of 70's-era sprawl?
I'd imagine that investors account for the largest share of the pie. Many of these condos are starter homes for those who grew up in the surrounding sprawl. Mississauga is also a huge employment centre in its own right, so there is a demand for all sorts of housing.

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That said, I so wish US suburbs had random condo towers in them like you see here.
I wouldn't say these towers are random; rather, they are the product of planning decisions made at the municipal and provincial levels as well as Canadians' expectations for the suburbs. Before the condo boom, Mississauga—like many of Toronto's suburbs—was dotted with older high rises (i.e., commie blocks), which themselves were built for and originally marketed to the young bachelor demographic (hence their tacky names, gaudy lobby carpeting and neglected lifestyle amenities). While those early singles moved on to bigger SFHs as they grew up*, the same type of people continued to move into newer apartment buildings, the construction of which never really stopped (although ownership structures changed for various reasons over the years).

That said, the current condo boom is, in part, a consequence of the planning policies adopted by the government of Ontario in the 2000s: notably, the establishment of the Green Belt and the Places to Grow Act. Of course, these policies might not have been possible without the cultural forces I touched on above. Coincidentally, we're almost certainly voting out the fifteen-year-old government that adopted those policies in today's election (for completely different reasons—the policies themselves remain popular and will likely survive in some form under either of the two parties that might win tonight).

*In doing so, leaving space for the 'Begumpura' crowd to move in.
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Post-war detached homes with skyscrapers in the back is such a weird sight.
This is how most of the Greater Toronto Area looks like, either with older commie blocks or newer glass condos beside semi-detached housing and townhouses.
It's been like this for 50 years and will only increase now that the GTA has almost no more land for suburban sprawl and only denser development will be built.

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That Square One stretch has quite a nice skyline now!
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Kinda cool. I like it. Wish we could built towers like that in US suburbs.
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This has some nostalgia for sure. Can guarantee that kid got wrung out by his dad for destroying the garage door shooting pucks after school.


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That is just so odd from a U.S. perspective. It looks like someone took Dallas highrises and put them in Warren, MI.

What is the typical buyer demographic for a giant condo tower in the middle of 70's-era sprawl?
You have to keep in mind that the vast majority of the GTA's condo stock operates more as our rental supply. No one really built purpose-built rental towers since the 70's. They were finally starting to again, with even big institutional players like Desjardins getting into the game. Although, rent control implemented last year probably killed any chances of that taking off.

So a large portion of these are probably investor-owned and rented out to younger people. Unless you work downtown Toronto, you probably have to drive to work in the GTA. if you're located west of the 427, it doesn't make too much sense to pay Toronto rent and drive out of the city every morning.
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Striking juxtapositions. I really enjoyed this.
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This exemplifies what's wrong out there.
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So odd but also in many ways so neat, thanks for sharing.
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I'd love to see the accompanying zoning map.
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Thanks for the comments, everyone.

Mississauga zoning map can be found here:
http://www6.mississauga.ca/onlinemap...ls_V26.006.pdf

If you look at Mississauga in the SSP database, you will find that the 60s and 70s were the decades with the most high-rise construction. If you visit 60s and 70s subdivisions all over Ontario, you will find thousands of high-rises also. Mississauga is different because it kept building high-rises in new subdivisions into the 80s, 90s and 00s (although not as many as before), and also preserved much land for future high-rise construction, the result of which you can see here.
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Nice pictures. I also think it's strange to see highrises next to subdivisions. But, I think it's something that can be replicated here, too. Another thing that I've found strange is that Canadians are fine with small front yards in these new subdivisions, and then use the entire front of the property for driveways. That's rare for single-family housing here; you only see that for townhouses. Even my postwar ranch house has a small front yard and a small back yard, with the developers foregoing the garage.
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Great compositions. Some of these almost look fake - like glass condos were just photoshopped into suburban streets. They've got a surreal quality to them.
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And not to detract from Doady's pics, but if anyone is curious as to what the Mississauga landscape looks like from above, these might be worth checking out:





Definitely not pretty, but oddly fascinating.
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