Toronto, where the lanes have no name

They often start suddenly and stop abruptly. They twist and turn. They come to a dead end.

They often start suddenly and stop abruptly. They twist and turn. They come to a dead end.

And most of the city’s 3,600 laneways don’t have names. Not even Google can find them.
Should they be named?

“It’s a question of public safety,” said Rory Sinclair, former chair of a local residents’ association that hopes to name 46 neighbourhood laneways in Harbord Village, in the College St.-Spadina Ave. area.

Naming laneways means faster response times in emergencies, he says.

But firefighters and police aren’t entirely convinced.

“I don’t know if naming them will be all that helpful, but numbering certainly would,” said Police Supt. Ruth White.

Police often can’t locate houses on lanes because people tend not to post house numbers there, she said.

 
 
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