Street Names & History

I was in the James Joyce Bar on 4th, having a beer and talking with a woman from Toronto. She mentioned she found the street numbering system in Calgary to be "bland" and "soulless". I could see her point.

I was curious if she knew the history of Yonge Street in Toronto. She did not. I told her correctly, it was built to help the British defend against a suspected attack from the Americans. And, I suspected it was named after some famous British Person.

Many want to keep the past yet they are disconnected. If they have no interest in learning the history of the name, why do they cling to it. That confuses me. It seems, well, "soulless".

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