Single-family homes a non-starter in Toronto, Jennifer Keesmaat says

Toronto’s chief planner Jennifer Keesmaat grew up on a half-acre lot in the suburbs. She’s raising her own children in a house with a typical postage stamp city yard. When she talks to them about where they will raise their own families, Keesmaat encourages her kids to imagine an apartment.That’s because the old idea of a starter house — a detached three-bedroom home with a yard — is a non-starter for many families in the city now, she told the Toronto Region Board of Trade (TRBOT) on Tuesday.Single-family homes are prohibitively expensive and there aren’t many being built any more.Read more:Article Continued BelowMillennials are ‘generation screwed’ on real estateMaking room for families in a vertical TorontoToronto needs more housing options to keep top talent