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Happy to see that someone agrees with me.


I simply meant that I didn't believe that Mr. Putnam or Scott for that matter would go into Pelham Park Gardens and ask how they would feel if the entire neighbourhood were to become PPG.

I agree with you Jack. I wasn't "misinformed" by anyone or anything. The building on Wallace looks terrible. It looks far more like Vandalism than it does; Art. That is what you consider ART? Even though you're saying that it is Legal Santioned Art, it's still very ugly. Picasso, van Gough and Renoir produced works of art Darling. You should have gone the less greener way because it's obvious that not all the neighbourhood residents agree with what the owner of the building has allowed to happen. You could have actually approached a local elementary school and had some students do a much better job. It would have been more appealing to the eye.

Owner Supported

Its not vandalism though if the owner supported it. So why try to taint it? You can say you dont like it, but its only up FOR 3 WEEKS, and its not vandalism. Why the angry rhetoric ?

Quite Simple

It looks AWFUL! It's not clear that all residents were asked of their opinions. Jack wasn't and he doesn't like it!

He will live : )

Jack is entitled to his opinion and he gets to voice it here. But he is only one person. I think poor old Jack can survive one more week of the mural.

On a different note:

Also, a question for all of you. What's with the vandaism? That's an eye sore for anyone who isn't into this. The residents in my neighbourhood report vandalism to the authorities. Some of my neighbours have had to re paint their garages 2-3 times over the summer months. Why would you promote in this manner? Isn't that encouraging teens to do it more? IMO anyway.

Human Nature and Teens Doing It Right

How do you know where I lived in the 1980's ?

Just as people at Queen and Roncy started calling themselves Sunnysiders (historically accurate) because they thought Parkdale had a bad name, some in the Junction area wanted to be considered High Park because they thought The Junction had a negative connotation. It was about house prices, human nature, and probably a bit of snobery. It happens everywhere. The joke on the other side of Young Street is how Cabbagetown keeps getting bigger year after year as people try get included in that cache. Ask any real estate agent who was working The Junction then.

Vandalism? I think you are very misinformed. The painting was done with the support of the owner and is only temporary, the building is coming down in 10 days. A much greener way to get publicity than making additional signs or a 5th mailing if you ask me. In fact you will see in an upcoming posting that a teen was part of the process, setting an example for other teens on legal sanctioned art. A lot of tongues are wagging due to the mural. Its publicity. And it looks like it worked. : )

Neighbourhood Name—another suggestion

What about: Tri-Track Triangle?

Apologies for my lateness. I'm very interested in the area; didn't know the contest was down to the wire.

voting starts on Monday!

With the advent of the voting "window" opening up i have been thinking over the options.

Convinced that anything with 'junction' in the name reduces our neighbourhood to an 'addon' sub area of the Junction; basically a no name - the reason the project was developed, I am a little sad that no "fuzzy"s made it into the final vote as i have come to think of the area as being totally "Fuzzy" since the project began and am quite attached to the term. As for triangle, the suitability is quite obvious, but it seems to create a very solid demarcation of precise boundaries that looses the strength of the original openness expressed by the 'fuzzy' descriptor. So that brings us to the sundry 'rail' names, and the comfy 'Wedge'. The Wedge softens the triangle toward neighbourhood, i like it; and of the rail names only railPath, which being a cyclist and active in its implementation obviously says "my hood" to me. I'm getting there.........

Pros and Cons of the Top 10 Names

With the final vote only a couple of days away, it's nice to see a flurry of activity discussing the options. Here's something to think about: Some pros and cons for the various Top 10 names (in alphabetical order). What are your thoughts on this? Do you have any other pros/cons for any of these names?

Black Oak Triangle
Pro: (Some of these points taken from Sally's presentation and online postings)

  • References both our natural and man-made environment (oak trees, and railway edges)
  • The triangle and oak leaf make a good visual
  • References our area's past (black oak savannah) and hope for the future (more trees and greenery)
  • No fake "village", "gardens", "town" etc.


  • Sounds a bit like those fake suburban neighbourhood names, where they name it after some form of nature that was extinguished to install monster homes

East Junction

  • Reasonable description of the location


  • Latches on to an existing neighbourhood name
  • "East of the Junction" would be more accurate. "East Junction" is more like Indian Rd. and Annette St.
  • Some might confuse this as being in the east end of Toronto.
  • Sounds kind of boring

Junction Triangle

  • Most popular and frequently used name already.
  • In use since at least the late 1970s
  • The Media still uses this name sometimes
  • Describes physical shape of the neighbourhood
  • Proudly accepts our railway borders
  • No fake "village", "gardens", "town" etc.
  • The triangle is the strongest geometric shape
  • Relatively unique name


  • Confusion with The Junction (neighbourhood to the west of us)
  • Latches on to an existing neighbourhood name

Perth Park


  • Is this park significant enough to name our neighbourhood after?
  • Some people have expressed that "Anything Park" sounds like a ghetto or housing project (I don't necessarily agree, but that's some peoples' impression).
  • Not very attention-grabbing

Rail District

  • References the railways without tagging on to The Junction's name


  • "District" sounds like it's either some kind of commercial area, or lke it's on the "wrong side of the tracks".
  • Although our area is surrounded by rail, there are other parts of Toronto that probably deserve that name more due to the amount of train traffic, rail car shunting, etc.


  • Yes, we have lots of rail around here.
  • West Toronto Railpath is a fantastic and prominent feature of our neighbourhood.


  • The park/trail already has that name.
  • If you tell someone that you live in The Railpath, they'll think you're camping out.
  • Only the first section of Railpath has been built. When it gets extended to King and Strachan, will that area also fall under the "Railpath" neighbourhood name?


  • References the railways without tagging on to The Junction's name


  • Fake "town" name. This neighbourhood was never a "town" or "village".
  • There are already many other Railtowns

South Junction Triangle

  • A name that's sort of in use already (though really just an offshoot of Junction Triangle)


  • We're not really south of The Junction. More like east, or maybe south-east.
  • "South" Junction Triangle could also be mistaken for a southern subset of the Junction Triangle.

The Triangle

  • Drops the "Junction" part of "Junction Triangle" to eliminate the confusion between the neighbourhoods.
  • Stays close to the most common existing name for this neighbourhood (Junction Triangle)
  • Describes physical shape of the neighbourhood
  • No fake "village", "gardens", "town" etc.
  • The triangle is the strongest geometric shape


  • There are other "Triangles" in the West End of Toronto already (West Queen West Triangle, Brockton Triangle, and of course Junction Triangle). Could be some confusion about which one we're referring to.
  • In general, not very unique. There are many other uses of "The Triangle".
  • Some people say it reminds them of the Bermuda Triangle (But I disagree, we're nowhere near Bermuda).

The Wedge

  • Short, simple, catchy, and edgy. Can be fun to say.
  • Describes the shape of the neighbourhood.
  • No fake "village", "gardens", "town" etc.


  • Obvious mockery: Wedgie. (What 'hood do you live in? The Wedge! Oh, you're a Wedgie?)
  • A wedge is often used for separating, splitting, or dividing something. Has negative connotations.
  • In general, not very unique. There are many other uses of "The Wedge", including neighbourhood names in other cities.


While I find it a bit wordy, I think the comparison of Black Oak Polygon to a 'fake suburban' name is taken a little too far. I would do the same thing of course as I think it is good to make a case in a pointed manner. But it should be noted.

I agree with Scott's Royce lament. I also had some different ideas, but I didn't make a strong case for any name. That is nobodies fault but my own.

Sally did make a good case for Black Oak Triangle. At the right time too.

So where do we go now?

I don't think a long Railpath is a problem, it would be like Kingston Road that goes to Kingston, or Scugog St that goes to Lake Scugog. It would be the path that leads to US. (or lets us escape I guess.)

Similarly Perth Park is well connected to a place and a festival.

One other factor is the shape of the community we seek. If this 'hood is to be heard, my opinion is that we would do well to develop a culture where opinionated blow hards like myself are willing to show a modicum of restraint while those inclined to be quiet are encouraged to speak up. This does not happen by accident, it takes work. Much work has gone into the Fuzzy Boundaries process and much of it has been in a very good direction. I do feel a CHANGE in name would be a good symbolic step.

Turning over a new leaf so to speak.

In Black Oak Triangle, we think for ourselves, and this is good.

Here in our 'hood we like to think for ourselves, not be told what to do. The Fuzzy Boundaries process has deftly proven this. Personally I celebrate the lively dialogue we have had.

I realize that my neighbours won't adopt the name Black Oak Triangle unless I can convince them it is right for us. With this goal in mind I have created a little guerilla marketing campaign to promote the name.

Last night I placed the first flyers on RAILPATH and had an interesting conversation with two of Toronto's finest who wanted to know what I was up to. They said to say "Good luck with your vote"...

Sally, I have yet to vote and

Sally, I have yet to vote and am happy to see how much you are promoting your name suggestion. Some people have said that Black Oak Triangle is too long a name. What are your comments on that?

Do you really want to live in BO ?

People should not be dazzled by a person's enthusiasm for a name. Its a bit unfair to promote one name over the others. Black Oak is generic and means nothing to me. I like Sally and her energy but it still doesnt make Black Oak a good name.

Think about it, people will call us BO. Do you really want to be called BO ?As in body odor? Part of picking a name is understanding how it will be slanged or used in jest. It will take 30 seconds for people to start calling us BO.

I canvassed on my street today and every single person was voting for the same name.I probably dont have to tell you what name that is.


I went to the Railpath late this morning to specifically look at your guerilla marketing campaign, and I have to tell you, those small pieces of bright neon green paper, fluttering in the wind, are little bits of smiles dangling from the bare tree branches.

It's such a wonderful idea and I feel like after the community votes in a name, we can continue that same effort but with our chosen community name -- and who knows it may end up being Black Oak Triangle.

Black Oak Triangle rocks

It just takes it right back to it's roots: diverse, indigeneous and inspiring - something for the community to build on.

black oak

Sally, you beat me to it re this post. I saw your flyers this afternoon on my way home, before I read this. What a nice surprise to see bits of bright green attached to the trees! Wonderful idea.... I hope your enthusiasm catches on.

Black Oak Triangle

Your presentation at the last public meeting was one of the highlights of this whole project! I'll be sure to check out your flyers on the Railpath.

A fair minded look

A fair minded look at the names Vic. Personally I will be voting for Junction Triangle first as I don't think that any of the names that made it rise to the occasion enough to replace something that many people already use. Most of the other names are too generic or have rail in the name which I think is a negative (if you don't know the area).

Its sad that Royce, or a variation of Royce, did not make it as it had a lot of historical credibility.

great summary

Great summary Vic -- I guess I say so especially because I agree with you on pretty much every point. Given all this, would be very interested to know how you are voting! And I wonder about the Wedge too -- it seems like one a lot of people "sort of" like. Will it wedge itself right up the middle and come out on top, since it might make second and third for many? In our house (mom, dad and young daughter) we so far each have the same top choice, but our seconds and thirds differ. We haven't cast our ballots yet but will likely do so soon. Watching the site carefully in case someone says something powerful enough to sway me!

it was and always will be the

it was and always will be the Junction Triangle.
that is how it was introduced to us by Francis when we first moved here.

What's in a Name

Hi Neighbors
Upon reveiwing the potential names for our area, our family has concluded that several of the names are inappropriate ie the "wedge" this has a connotation of cheese, and or a wedge of wood and we certainly dont want to be refered to as "wedgies".

We favor the "RAIL DISTRICT"... when reveiwing names of the districts that have become somewhat upscale we see that the brewery district is rather upscale and attracts tourists, the fashion district in the queen west district etc

Any use of the word triangle evokes a response of "lost in the abyss of the Bermuda Triangle"

so our vote goes to Rail district... the railway being a link and a hub to the heart of the district from its former glory days... VOTE RAIL DISTRICT

The Campbells of Campbell ave

Hello Campbells, from Campbell


Definitions of triangle on the Web:

a three-sided polygon
something approximating the shape of a triangle; "the coastline of Chile and Argentina and Brazil forms two legs of a triangle"
Triangulum: a small northern constellation near Perseus between Andromeda and Aries
any of various triangular drafting instruments used to draw straight lines at specified angles
a percussion instrument consisting of a metal bar bent in the shape of an open triangle

Triangle is the fourth studio album by American rock group The Beau Brummels. Produced by Lenny Waronker and released in July 1967, Triangle featured the first songs that vocalist Sal Valentino and guitarist Ron Elliott composed together. ...

Triangle was a BBC television soap opera in the early 1980s, set aboard a North Sea ferry which sailed a triangular route between Felixstowe ...

was a Japanese pop group that formed and debuted in the late 70s. They released their first single, Triangle Love Letter is mid 1978 and their last single, Koi wa Tekkiri Ba-Bi-Bu-Be-Bo in 1980. ...

"Triangle" is the eleventh episode of season 5 of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

This article is a list of episodes from The Golden Girls.

The Triangle (המשולש, HaMeshulash; المـُثـَلـَّث, al-Muthalath), formerly referred to as the Little triangle, is a ...

A triangle is one of the basic shapes of geometry: a polygon with three corners or vertices and three sides or edges which are line segments. A triangle with vertices A, B, and C is denoted .

A triangle or wye, in rail terminology, is a triangular shaped arrangement of railway tracks with a switch (point) at each corner. In mainline railroads, this is used at a railway junction, where two railways join, or cross over. It can also be used as a stub for turning railway equipment. ...

Triangle is a census-designated place (CDP) in Prince William County, Virginia, United States. The population was 5,500 at the 2000 census. It is bounded to the south by the Quantico Marine Corps Base, which surrounds the town of Quantico. ...

Triangle is a '''' novel written by Sondra Marshak and Myrna Culbreath.

My Dad calls it the Junction Triangle.

My father grew up on Lappin Ave across from the American Standard factory. He always referred to the area west of there as the Junction Triangle. Is there no historical record of this name? Was he just ahead of his time? I like it as a name. Black Oak triangle is nice too but is the neighbourhood full of black oaks?

Black Oak Triangle

Sadly our neighbourhood is not full of black oaks.

But we can change that! Here is an example: Trees for Toronto is an initiative that cares for the city's tree canopy near Queen's Park.

It is my sincere hope that the name Black Oak Triangle would inspire us to make choices that will result in more healthy green spaces here in our own neighbourhood. If you ask for what you want, sometimes you get it.

Whatever name you select, please remember to cast your vote in the days to come.

Junction Triangle

Hello I've always known this area to be "The Junction" So I would leave it as The Junction,
however the name:Rail District is nice and growing on me.

I am curious though were did "Black Oak Triangle" come from?


JT History

Hey Mark, thanks for your comments and the inclusion of your father's ideas about the area name. We have researched the name Junction Triangle and discussed it at length here on the site over the past number of months. Here is a re-post of a blog from last summer. If you go back to the first few pages of the discussion blog you will find other comments from people who have weighed in on the name and its history.

The name Junction Triangle emerged in the mid-seventies when local residents formed a group to fight pollution from the area factories. Major Toronto media picked up on the name and it first appeared in the Globe and Mail in a November 23, 1976 column by Dick Beddoes. The Globe and Mail used the term periodically for the next decade and a half. It was last used by the Globe in a 1993 article about factory closings in the area.
Junction Triangle first appeared in the Toronto Star in a June 1979 ad placed by the City of Toronto about a local planning meeting. It was first used in an editorial context in August of the following year in a story about toxic smells in the neighbourhood. The Star did not use the term from 1992 to 2002 and last published it in a 2003 article.

While long-time residents of the neighbourhood will remember the name, most newcomers to the area have never heard the moniker. The City has applied a number of different names to the neighbourhood over the years and officiallly calls us (at the moment)the Dovercourt-Wallace-Emerson-Junction.

When the Flame is Extinguished

Not long after the Olympic flame is extinguished in Vancouver on Sunday evening, voting will begin in the second (and final) round of the Fuzzy Boundaries naming project. And just like the Olympics, your winning names will be ranked in order (on the ballot) 1,2,3.

Who will stand at the top of the podium on Tuesday, March 16? You can help determine the winner from the Top Ten Neighbourhood Names with a vote that is as simple as 1,2,3!

warm and fuzzy

Some wise person just posted this quote on the Dig In forum, and it struck me as worthy of spreading around:

“Trusting your neighbors is especially important. Simply knowing them can make a real difference in your quality of life. One study found that, of all the factors that affect the crime rate for a given area, the one that made the biggest difference was not the number of police patrols or anything like that, but rather, how many people you know within a fifteen-minute walk of your house.”
The Geography of Bliss by Eric Weiner.

Name Originality

Feeling like I need to finally add my two cents into the fray. I really think that the names that include Junction don't set us apart as a neighbourhood. They are good as geographical / relational locators I suppose. Not that the Junction is bad in any way! :)

As for names that include triangle - it sounds so literal! I like that the wedge is a sort of creative way of saying triangle...some of the oak names etc are quite good too.

Whatever happens happens - this has made for some fun conversation with friends and neighbours. exciting!


Here's another penny

Here's another penny thought...I'm with you re: Junction in the name. I'll be voting for others when the next round comes up!

Voting Begins in Two Weeks!

Voting in the second (and final) round of the Fuzzy Boundaries naming project begins on Monday, March 1. In the two week period between the end of the Olympics and the start of March break, everyone in the neighbourhood will have a chance to vote for their favourite name. You can vote on-line here or in person at the Perth/Dupont location of the Toronto Public Library, at Yasi's Place (corner of Wallace and Campbell) and at Nonna's Place on Bloor (at Symington). Results will be announced on Tuesday, March 16.

Thanks to Our Newest Sponsor

A big thank you to our newest sponsor 229 Wallace Lofts. This commercial property on the site of the old D & M Lumber yard will provide a new location to help attract and keep businesses in the area.

Our relationship with 229 Wallace Lofts comes with a special arrangement that will see a local artist "tag" the front of the building with the Top Ten Neighbourhood Names from the first round of voting in the project. We are very grateful for the opportunity to create this unique outdoor advertising that will help increase awareness of the Fuzzy Boundaries initiative.

229 Wallace Lofts joins realtor Bill Mohan and AYA Kitchens and Baths who also signed on this month with generous financial contributions to the project.

We also owe Castlepoint Realty Partners, who are working on the Tower Automotive property on Sterling Road, a huge debt of gratitude for their on-going financial support.

229 Wallace Lofts

When can we expect the artist to "tag" the building?

Top Ten on Wallace

We are hoping the artist will be able to "tag" the building at 229 Wallace as soon as they make bail.


I think you forgot to add a ;-) next to "...make bail". ;-)


I know that this is called "" for a reason and that the goal is to be as inclusive as possible. I've also read some threads about direct mailing in the area to promote this voting proces.

However I am sad to realise that as a resident of Ward Street me and my immediate neighbours aren't included.

I assume that as we are west of the tracks we haven't been included in the mailouts and I learned about this page/process by seeing some signs on peoples houses and from friend that lives in the (actual) junction.

Now I know Ward Street is west of the tracks but we go to Campbell and Perth parks, we shop at cornerstores, use the mailboxes, walk, bike and in general identify as a part of the area and would like to see the map be expanded to include us specifically, to make us feel like we are actually a part of the area that we live in and love!

Boundary & Budget

Dear Fuzzy Resident, thank you for your message and comments about the naming project and our neighbourhood.
Let me assure you that while our direct mail campaign has not extended to the east side of the train tracks at Campbell/Rankin, people living on Ward Street have been welcomed to participate in the naming project and a number of your neighbours even voted in the first round.
Our budget simply has not allowed us to extend the reach of the direct mail campaign to areas outside of the triangle of train tracks.
Ward Street was one of the areas we had in mind when we came up with the project name Fuzzy Boundaries. For this second and final round of voting, we hope to be able to extend additional elements of our marketing campaign to your section of the neighbourhood.
We hope that you understand our limitations and won't take it as slight.

voting question

I have a question about the preferential voting rules for the final round. What will happen to a ballot that shows the same name in all three spots? Or what if a person only fills out the top spot, and leaves two and three blank?

Voting Answers

Kristen, if someone indicated the same name on all three spots, only the first entry would count and the ballot would be discarded if it came to their second and third choices.
It is much the same for the second scenario you mention. If someone only indicated a first choice on the ballot and left the other two spots blank, only the first choice would count and the ballot would be discarded if it came to their second and third choices.
Hope you see more than one name in the Top Ten you like!

All 3 votes should be counted

I wanted to check on that. On a preferential ballot if the number 2 and three spot are blank the ballot is not discarded those spots just don't generate any votes.

I would suggest that all votes are counted for all positions so that you can find a common favourite.The broadest support for a name would the name whom the most people voted for using all three positions. Otherwise the winning name could actually have the most first place votes (not a majority of votes cast) and less votes than the second place winner. By awarding:
1. 3 points
2. 2 points
3. 1 point

Then you are picking a name with the broadest support which is the most communal way of doing it.

Vote Count

Interesting idea Scott, but that is not how this voting process works. Residents will rank their three favourite names in preferential order, 1, 2, 3.
All the number one choices on the ballots will be counted. If no name has a majority of support (50% + 1) then the name with the lowest number one votes is dropped and the second choice of those voters is distributed among the other names. This process is repeated (and onto the third choices if necessary) until one name emerges with a majority.
If someone has voted for the same name three times, only the first (#1) choice is counted. If it comes to determining their second and third choice, because their number one choice has been knocked out of contention, then their ballot will not be counted if they have left their second and third choices blank or they have voted for the same name three times.
Hope that helps.

Not Perfect

Too bad its not as consensual as it could be.

top three

Yes, I definitely do see several I like!

My Top Three

From this list of Top Ten Names, I have narrowed my choices down to three. Not sure of the ranking yet, but I like East Junction, The Triangle and The Wedge.

Black Oak Triangle
East Junction
Junction Triangle
Perth Park
Rail District
South Junction Triangle
The Triangle
The Wedge

Five and six syllable names are too long and I think we need to pick something short - so that rules out (for me) Black Oak and South Junction Triangle as well as Junction Triangle. Perth Park, while nice, is not distinctive enough to name the hood after. The Railpath is the most distinctive park in the area by far. I am left wondering though if we want to take a name with the word "rail" in it when our neighbourhood is more than that.

East Junction, alludes to our rail connection/history and indicates where we are in West Toronto - east of The Junction, a distinctive and well known neighbourhood in the city. That is a lot of info for two words.

While The Wedge and The Triangle don't give any location indication, they do hint at the dominant feature of our neighbourhood, the rail lines. The multiple meanings/associations of the words wedge and triangle are also lend themselves to word plays about neighbourhood characteristics that could create some interesting impressions for people about this place.

Really glad that I have some time to think about the name. Maybe someone here will change my mind or point me in another direction. I think I'm getting closer though.

cool name

how about eastenders

Geograhically Misleading

Fuzzy Resident, while "cool" is open to interpretation, I wonder if Eastenders is geographically misleading since we live in West Toronto?

I think it was a sarcastic

I think it was a sarcastic joke.

top three

Nice to hear these ideas. I'm still mulling too. I don't like Railpath much, because it's the trail's name, not a neighbourhood's. And I think East Junction is just inviting more confusion than there already is. I do agree about the length of South and Black Oak. But JT does not sound too long to me so is still in the running. Right now I'm probably sitting with The Triangle, Junction Triangle, and The Wedge. But it could easily change and I welcome solid arguments!

I heard about this yesterday.

I heard about this yesterday. This group is definitely getting lots of feedback. Good stuff! My question is that once a final name is chosen are you presenting it to City Council so your community will have an official name?


Thanks for your message Fuzzy Resident. The City of Toronto does not have a formal process for naming neighbourhoods. We are already officially part of the "Dovercourt Wallace Emerson Junction" and "Brockton" (south of Bloor) city-defined neighbourhoods and that will not change.

I guess by "official", what we really mean is a standard, common, well-known, well-used and recognizable name. The final outcome of the vote will select an "official" name to be used and promoted by Fuzzy Boundaries and the people that support the process. Beyond that, it's up to everyone else to choose whether they want to use that name "officially". Since the city does not have a formal way to name neighbourhoods, we hope to encourage elected officials and City staff to use the chosen name.

Fuzzy Resident, when you say "your community" can we assume you live in a different neighbourhood? We'd be curious to know where you live and how you can to know about the project?