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Parents Toronto condo boom causing overcrowding in schools

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THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

TORONTO -- Serina Manek has been living in Leslieville for seven years and has watched it go from a rough-around-the-edges area in Toronto's east end to one of the city's most desirable neighborhoods.

The demand for Leslieville was always building, she says, but when the condos started going up, the boom of young families started to have an effect on the neighborhood dynamic, and ultimately, the schools.

"It was starting to burst at the seams with just the young families coming in at first," said Manek, who has a five-year-old son and three-year-old daughter. "But with the addition of the condos, things are becoming unmanageable. It's too much."

Toronto public schools in condo-heavy neighborhoods are starting to feel the squeeze of a dense population. The Toronto District School Board has been warning new home buyers in certain neighborhoods that not all children will be accommodated in their home school.

TDSB spokesman Ryan Bird says the board has placed signs on the street level warning potential home buyers that a spot in a home school isn't guaranteed, and similar warnings are also included in the home buyer's agreement. Bird says the most recent statistics show that there are 110 new developments in Toronto with those 

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