Now it is, but it wasn't until I was in Grade 3 or 4 (late 80s) that things began to change. Mel Lastman Square opened in what, 1988? The part of North York where I grew up was pure suburbia, and to a certain extent, still is. If you only want good schools, then it's great. If you want convienience (walking distance to stores, etc (and even then, it's mostly chains)), then it's harder.Interesting that you mention Eglinton by the way. I'd consider parts north of Eglinton very cosmo. Are you suggesting those who live near Lawrence disadvantaged?
My ideal location would be in near the Yonge/Eg area, since it not only has good schools, but is within walking distance to shops, restaurants, etc and only a short subway ride to museums, galleries and theatres (ok, the Distillery requires a streetcar and some walking as well, but at least one saves on the parking, right?). The Annex and the Danforth are also on the list (though Yonge and Eg seem to be closer to good schools).