Now they have done it. The lame brains on Toronto city council are actually discussing changing street names because of real or imagined transgressions in the past. All I know is that Peter Street in Toronto is a fine name for a street. I have no idea who it was named after and I don’t care. It’s a keeper.
But John Street is another matter. There have been some disreputable John’s over the years. I had a brother named John. It would probably be nice to honour him, though his first wife might disagree. She is a nice lady, check with her.
Some of my other brothers could be appropriate street names. George Street in Toronto was a fashionable address some hundred or so years ago. Since then, the downtown street has fallen into disrepute. Maybe the city fathers and mothers could find a nice street in Rosedale or Lawrence Park more befitting my late brother George. He was a great and much-loved guy but he would be embarrassed having St. George Street named for him.
Two more brothers, who live in the United States, already have nice Toronto streets bearing their names. I noticed in checking one of the streets, that a house there was for sale for two-and-a-half million. That is not much considering today’s prices but much more than in the Wellesley and Sherbourne area where we lived as kids.
Maybe Toronto should solve the whole stupid naming business by numbering the streets. That way, north-south streets could have the even numbers, east-west streets would have the odd numbers and roads that curved or ran diagonally could be named crescents or avenues and could be named after former mayors and councillors. That way everyone would be happy except for some people on avenues.
I remember when the city confiscated homes and ran Dundas Street East through, for the people out at the Beach. The new Dundas replaced some of the old street names in Toronto’s east end and a few vocal locals were mad about the change. They thought most people considered Dundas a sleazy street in the downtown area of the city. I thought they were bigoted. Dundas Street, at that time, had the best Chinese restaurants in the city, where the street ran through Chinatown.
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