Tom the backroads traveller hosts this weekly meme.
Lane names are my new obsession as I wander the city.Laneways, also known as alleys, are narrow streets that add to the diversity of the overall public space network, supporting the fine grain character of a city. ... Laneways can work as a network for pedestrians to navigate the city and build an overall identity for the city center.
Just 10 per cent of Toronto's more than 3,000 public laneways have a name. Usually the titles recognize community figures, events or local traditions, but many are delightfully strange with brilliant backstories.
Luttrell Loop Lane Luttrell Avenue is probably best known for its Luttrell Loop, which served as the eastern terminus of the Toronto Transit Commission's city-spanning streetcar line.
Opened in 1915 by the Toronto Civic Railway, then the TTC in 1922, the loop anchored a public transit service that ran from Jane Street in the west to Luttrell Avenue in the east.
UPDATE September 2021 - photo taken at the Radial Railway Museum in Milton ON.
It provided vital access to east end Toronto and to the new Ford Motor car plant, which was a major source of employment in the area.
In its heyday, the Loop's jam-packed streetcars would exit Danforth onto Kelvin Avenue, swing through the terminal behind the stores, and "loop" back onto Danforth via Luttrell, ready for the return trip west.
The loop was a significant transit hub for decades. It was replaced when the extended Bloor-Danforth subway line opened in 1968.
It is also known for some murals.
Paul Estrela, who passed away in 2004, came from Portugal as a boy, married an Italian woman, Carmen, and started Royal Beef butcher store with her in 1985.
The laneway off Danforth Avenue, on Woodmount Avenue, the street where Vincenzina Angelone grew up on while she attended St. Brigid, is now officially known as Angelone Lane. After graduating from Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School, Vincenzina, known as Vincy, began her life-long career at St. Brigid. She retired in 2015 after 46 years of teaching, the second-longest serving teacher in the history of the TCDSB.