Speaking for myself I don’t do anything in my backyard that needs privacy. If I got a hot tub I’d put up some hedges around it. But otherwise I’m not doing anything exciting when people look down into my yard. I do like that from my house I can see the lights of the condos from both sides of my place and they light up at night making me feel like I live in a much bigger city. I am much more concerned about my immediate neighbour to the back or right of me looking into my yard. As for my house turning into a townhouse. Maybe when I’m long gone and my kids divide it up. Otherwise I’m just going to be like the old man in up watching the city grow around me.I’m curious about the row of houses with backyards facing Burnhamthorpe … do you think that as MCC becomes more dense and backyard privacy becomes non-existent, these houses be purchased and re-developed/the community be re-zoned? Or might Burnhamthorpe be narrowed and a row of street-level commercial space in low-/midrise buildings be built between the backyards and the road in order to make the area more walkable and to restore a sense of privacy and transition to the low-density neighbourhood? As M-City buildings in particular rise, there seems to be even less continuity between MCC and the pre-existing community. At least the developments between the neighbourhood and the Mississauga Civic Centre area were buffered by (stacked?) townhomes.
I applaud the new density but feel bad for the home owners who weren’t initially expecting this when they purchased their homes. Also, from an urban planning and urban experience lens, it is just such an odd contrast and doesn’t make the area seem walkable if the tower residents step outside their building and are confronted with a long row of fence and a wide boulevard with a high volume of traffic. Something about it is awkward and strange.