Deputy Mayor says he wouldn't raise a family downtown
The Deputy Mayor says he wasn't out to offend anyone at Thursday's council meeting.
Doug Holyday insists some city councilors read too far into his opposition to forcing a developer to include family-friendly units at a 47-storey condo building proposed for King Street West and John Street.
Some accused Holyday of implying Toronto's downtown isn't suitable to raise a family.
Holyday clarified those remarks with NEWSTALK 1010.
He says Toronto's downtown is perfectly fine for families that want to live there but Holyday insists his point was that its not for everyone.
"I said that I wouldn't want to raise a family in that 47-storey building, I'd rather be out in suburbia and I think a lot of people would feel that same way," says Holyday.
Holyday adds comments were taken out of context by his opponents on council and he certainly didn't mean to imply that the downtown core isn't safe.
"This issue is far from that and I didn't say anything of the sort, really."
Holyday says developers tell him that housing market demand in the downtown core is for smaller units.