School daze at Yonge and Shep

Yonge Street and Sheppard Avenue is a neighbourhood that seems to grow higher and higher every year. And according to the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), that development has had an effect on schooling. As a generation of “condo kids” grows up, schools in densely populated areas have experienced unexpected crowding. According to TDSBā€ˆspokesperson Ryan Bird, Yonge and Sheppard is one of those areas.

“A number of schools around here are quite tight,” said Bird. “There are signs up around new condo developments that say, ‘If you move in here, you might not go to the closest school.’ ”

There’s no foreseeable easing of the situation. The area’s newest developments include the 35- and 49-storey Hullmark Centre, where a Whole Foods will be opening this fall, and Emerald Park, where two 33- and 42-storey towers are under construction.

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