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Prince Street possibly coming 2 Toronto

The City of Toronto has decided 2 change the name of a long street from that of a slave trade enabler 2 a new 1... And there may develop momentum 2 change it 2 Prince Street as a tribute 2 his many years here: https://www.thestar.com/l...ronto.html

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Reply #1 posted 08/29/21 2:02pm

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MadeUpName said:

The City of Toronto has decided 2 change the name of a long street from that of a slave trade enabler 2 a new 1... And there may develop momentum 2 change it 2 Prince Street as a tribute 2 his many years here: https://www.thestar.com/l...ronto.html


I'm cool with this, it's not too far from where I live. Although, I would expect the name change to be after a Canadian, but we shall see.
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Reply #2 posted 08/30/21 6:27am

JoeyCococo

I am Torontonian and a Prince admirer. This won't happen, nor should it. There are many deserving Canadians that should get consideration.

It is nice to hear something out of Manuela and the thought of them playing badminton at the park...wow. I had heard similar stories of him sitting at local bars sitting in with the local band but us being Canadians, we kept it low pro and let the man be.

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Reply #3 posted 08/30/21 12:18pm

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I don't like this either...for a simple reason: "It would fit in well with nearby Queen and King Streets,”

No. Those are the titles of British royalty. Adding "Prince Street" (unless it was dedicated to a British Royal Prine) would be a non sequitur.

Who'd pay attention to Queen, King and Prince Streets and differentiate them?

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Reply #4 posted 08/30/21 5:09pm

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laytonian said:

I don't like this either...for a simple reason: "It would fit in well with nearby Queen and King Streets,”

No. Those are the titles of British royalty. Adding "Prince Street" (unless it was dedicated to a British Royal Prine) would be a non sequitur.

Who'd pay attention to Queen, King and Prince Streets and differentiate them?

Nope, a "Prince Street" would be very much sequitur, especially since Canada is a proud member of the British Commonwealth (i.e., Elizabeth II is the Queen of Canada). These are British Royal Titles:

Order of English Noble Titles
  • King/Queen.
  • Prince/Princess.
  • Duke/Duchess.
  • Marquess/Marchioness.
  • Earl/Countess.
  • Viscount/Viscountess.
  • Baron/Baroness.

Toronto already has a Princess Street -- and was originally named "Princes Street" -- "to honour the long list of male offspring" of George III. King Street was named in honour of George III, but has never had "George" in it ( https://torontosun.com/op...ng-history ). Queen Street was named to honour Queen Victoria, has never had "Victoria" in it ( https://en.wikipedia.org/..._(Toronto) ). Toronto used to have a Duke Street and a Duchess Street, but the former had sections absorbed into Adelaide Street and other sections into King Street; and the latter into Richmond Street ( https://www.blogto.com/ci...f_toronto/ ). Toronto does now have a Duke Mews and a Duchess Lane, not named after particular nobles.

Our Prince, Prince Rogers Nelson, while he was never a British prince, did so much philanthropic work in his lifetime, including in Toronto, that changing the street to honour him does not seem wrong. There are so many Toronto streets that have been named or renamed after noteworthy, philanthropic individuals.

Toronto has many peculiar street names too, that will leave one scratching one's head: Hiscock Blvd, Cummer Ave, Atomic Ave, Avenue Rd, Disco Rd, Sesame St, Turntable Cres, Busy St, Strange St, Blong Ave, Mould Ave, Limerick Rd, Lesgay Cres... obviously, some of these are last names, but the average person doesn't know the history of the names when they look at the street signs.

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