Fuzzy Boundaries

"Fuzzy Boundaries" neighbourhood naming project

5th Anniversary of Junction Triangle Naming Project

Monday, March 16 marks the fifth anniversary of the Junction Triangle naming project.

Archival material from the two-year project will be posted all day Monday on neighbourhood Facebook pages and at JunctionTriangle.ca.

To help celebrate the occasion, residents are invited to join with their neighbours at Boo Radley’s (1482 Dupont Street) beginning at 8 p.m. Councillor Ana Bailao will be on hand as our VIP guest.

Come and help us mark a turning point in neighbourhood history in a spirited manner!

Junction Triangle and the "Silverthorn" error

Toronto Star Neighbourhood Map, v4.1Toronto Star Neighbourhood Map, v4.1

There has been a long-standing error on Google Maps where the Junction Triangle has been labeled as "Silverthorn". We've discussed this ad-nauseum many times on this site and during the Fuzzy Boundaries neighbourhood naming project. Several people have submitted corrections to Google, but without any success in getting the name changed. The "Silverthorn" label has even spread into other people's maps because of this error.

BlogTO posted an article today about this neighbourhood naming error, and they discuss how it might actually be an intentional "trap" to catch copyright infringements.

From the BlogTO article:

Take a stroll in the Junction Triangle

There's a new book being released tomorrow: Stroll, by Shawn Micallef. You may recognize Shawn's name, as he is an editor for Spacing magazine, a columnist for Eye Weekly, curator of the Murmur public art project (we have some installations nearby in The Junction), and much more. It seems like Shawn is always walking around the city, observing things, and writing about them. So it's quite fitting that his new book is a collection of various walks around Toronto.

Today, Torontoist features an interview with Shawn Micallef about Stroll. Our neighbourhood and the recent Fuzzy Boundaries naming project are mentioned:

Is Toronto particularly susceptible to that over-familiarization with the places that we spend our time because of the way that neighbourhoods here have such strong identities? They’re often quite small, too. It seems that every kilometre on Bloor, for example, the street signs tell you that you’re in a different village.

We do tend towards a kind of neighbourhood parochialism. Which is good. It’s good to have all of the services that you need nearby and to not need to commute across the city or in from the suburbs to get the things that you need.

In Toronto, we have these archetypal, wonderful neighbourhoods like the Annex, Little Italy, Kensington Market: these spaces of exceptional urbanism. Sometimes, though, the most interesting places are the neighbourhoods without a name, the in-between places. A neighbourhood in Toronto recently decided to give themselves the name Junction Triangle. It’s like they’re saying, "We’re not in-between anymore. Now we’re here." There’s still an in-between somewhere, but it got a little smaller.

Fuzzy Boundaries: What's Happening (Back)

Fuzzy Boundaries: What's Happening (Back)

Fuzzy Boundaries, April 2010 postcard (Back). Fuzzyboundaries.ca

Fuzzy Boundaries: What's Happening (Front)

Fuzzy Boundaries: What's Happening (Front)

April postcard from Fuzzy Boundaries - fuzzyboundaries.ca

Junction Triangle: Water Tower

Junction Triangle: Water Tower

The former GE water tower on Wallace Ave., digitally enhanced with our neighbourhood's name on it. Image created to publicize the final outcome of the Fuzzy Boundaries neighbourhood naming project.

Fuzzy Boundaries results announced

The Fuzzy Boundaries neighbourhood naming process is now complete. The winner was announced this morning on CBC Radio's Metro Morning show, and the following media advisory was sent out:

Media Advisory

West Toronto Neighbourhood Votes to Keep Junction Triangle Name

Residents Embrace Past Moniker After Year-long Process

Who: Residents of the West Toronto neighbourhood north of Roncesvalles and east of The Junction and Fuzzy Boundaries, a group of residents spearheading a naming project for the area.

What: Residents have voted to keep the neighbourhood name Junction Triangle in the second and final round of voting for an area name. Junction Triangle won a plurality of the 674 votes cast, almost double the closest contenders Perth Park and Black Oak Triangle. The name Junction Triangle was first used in the 1970s by residents fighting pollution caused by local industries, but it had largely fallen out of use. During the two-week voting period, 83 percent of voters agreed to support the winning name no matter the outcome.

Local Student Contributes to Fuzzy Mural

Local student and graffiti artist Eric was enlisted by the owner of 229 Wallace to add his artistic flourishes to the Fuzzy Mural. Michael Wacholtz, a representative of the owner, helped out and stood by to make sure people knew that the Fuzzy Boundaries initiative, the mural, and Eric are supported by the property owner. Kudos to 229 Wallace Lofts for helping this local youth. Check out the video as this smart and motivated young man talks about his art. Only a week or so remain to see the mural before the building is torn down. Way to go Eric!

More photos on the Fuzzy Boundaries website.

Fuzzy Parade - Sunday, March 14, 2010 at 1 p.m.

Fuzzy Boundaries will be bringing music to the streets of our neighbourhood to encourage people to vote before the polls close (online until midnight) and celebrate the end of the naming project. You will also be able to vote in person as the parade passes - just look for a Fuzzy Boundaries Parade Marshall with a clipboard and ballots.

There are three ways to enjoy the music of the Baturyn Concert Marching Band. A musical parade will be passing by a majority of the houses in the neighbourhood. You can see the band go by twice at Perth Park. Or, you can take a walk through the neighbourhood with us as the band plays on.

Route Description & Map

The parade starts on Wallace Avenue at the foot of the Wallace Avenue bridge at 1 P.M. The course runs east to Rankin, south on Rankin and then a little west to Campbell (1:20 P.M.), north on Campbell to Antler, west on Antler to Perth, half a block north on Perth to Parkman (1:40 P.M.), then west on Parkman to Franklin, south on Franklin to Ruskin, west on Ruskin for a block, then north on Edwin (across Dupont) to Edith (2 P.M.), east on Edith and Hugo to Perth, south on Perth all the way to the bottom (south of Bloor – 2:30 P.M.), then north on Sterling and continuing north on Symington to Antler, west on Antler and finish in the Perth Square Park (3 P.M.).

Google map of the route: http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=3469062

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