The Ward 21 Laneway Naming Project – Commemorating Locals By: Joe Mihevc

The Ward 21 Laneway Naming Project is a local initiative, driven and facilitated by residents of Ward 21, to attach character to the many laneways that lace through our neighbourhood, while simultaneously creating safer and more navigable communities.

The goal of the project is to give residents a chance to commemorate members or groups within the community whose have made a considerable contribution to the local landscape of Ward 21. To date, ten lanes have been named after local entrepreneurs, performers, activists, philanthropists, artists, and historical figures—and the project is just getting started! Round one is coming to a close as the surrounding neighbourhoods prepare to celebrate the unveiling of ten new and unique laneways. At the same time, we have begun a second round of nominations in which residents will have the opportunity to recognize even more noteworthy individuals who have contributed to shaping our community.

If you know of someone who has made a significant, positive contribution to your street or neighbourhood, please consider nominating them for a commemorative lane. Details about how to put together a successful nomination, as well as policy governing what nominations will and will not be accepted, can be found at

Round one of the Laneway Project showed us how our community owes its history to many interesting, generous, and creative people, and we’re confident there’s many more to come! To submit a nomination or for more information, please send me an email at I look forward to hearing from you!


HEAD SHOT - IMAGE -Joe Mihevc-2014Joe Mihevc is the Toronto City Councillor for Ward 21, St. Paul’s’ West. His passions include social justice, public health, transit, and community building.

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