Top 10 Posts of 2015 #6: The 5 weirdest Toronto street names
December 24, 2015
It’s not easy naming a new street in Toronto. According to rules enforced by the city (PDF), each one must be unique, positive, historically relevant, and easy for emergency dispatchers to pronounce, lest ambulances and fire trucks get sent to the wrong parts of town.
As a result, there are approximately 9,600 different names for streets in Toronto.
In the past, when outlying towns and villages were annexed into Toronto, the street names of the absorbed communities were replaced in order to avoid conflicts with those in the old city.
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