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Any new Toronto streetsign design must accommodate the full range of street names in the expansive City of Toronto. That doesn’t just mean Bathurst St., Bedford Rd., or Bay St., all nice compact names. I scanned through a map book and found a few dozen very long names, writing them with the most likely abbreviations including periods. 27 of them over run over 19 characters. Some variations (East vs. West) are not duplicated.

Try fitting these on exactly one uniform citywide length of sign blade.

Length, char. Name
28
  1. Colonel Samuel Smith Pk. Dr.
25
  1. Scarborough Golf Club Rd.
24
  1. Colonel Smith Waterfront
  2. MacDonald-Cartier Freeway
  3. Prince Edward Island Cr.
23
  1. Burnhamthorpe Pk. Blvd.
22
  1. Crestridge Heights Rd.
  2. Woodbine Heights Blvd.
21
  1. Frederick Tisdale Cir
  2. Harrison Garden Blvd.
  3. Humber Bay Pk. Rd. W.
  4. King’s College Circle
  5. Northern Dancer Blvd.
  6. Parkwoods Village Dr.
  7. Sarah Ashbridge Blvd.
  8. Wuthering Heights Dr.
20
  1. Cathedral Bluffs Dr.
  2. Centennial Pk. Blvd.
  3. Chestnut Hills Pkwy.
  4. Forest Heights Blvd.
  5. Greenwin Village Rd.
  6. Humber College Blvd.
  7. Lower Sherbourne St.
  8. Outlook Garden Blvd.
  9. Rosedale Heights Dr.
  10. The Chimneystack Rd.
  11. Wilcox Creek Pathway
19
  1. Ernest Dockray Ave.
  2. Ian Macdonald Blvd.
  3. Kirk Bradden Rd. W.
  4. Lake Shore Blvd. W.
  5. Marine Approach Dr.
  6. Pleasant Home Blvd.
  7. Robert Woodhead Cr.
  8. Thorncliffe Pk. Dr.
  9. Upper Highlands Cr.
  10. Village Station Rd.
  11. W. Deane Valley Rd.
18
  1. Colborne Lodge Dr.
  2. Dorothy Bullen Pl.
  3. Fredrick Mowat Ln.
  4. Greystone Walk Dr.
  5. Henry Lane Terrace
  6. Kingsmount Pk. Rd.
  7. Lady Churchill Ct.
  8. Lower Village Gate
  9. Memory Gardens Ln.
  10. Mid-Dominion Acres
  11. Mount Pleasant Rd.
  12. Orchard View Blvd.
  13. Powderhorn Millway
17
  1. Guildwood Parkway
  2. Laura Secord Walk
  3. Little Norway Cr.
  4. Lord Sydenham Ct.
  5. Lynn Williams St.
  6. Margaret Rose Ct.
  7. Mourning Dove Cr.
  8. New Brunswick Way
  9. Norman Wesley Way
  10. Old Eglinton Ave.
  11. Orchard Pk. Blvd.
  12. Santa Barbara Rd.
  13. St. Andrews Gdns.
  14. Vice Regent Blvd.
16
  1. D’Arcy Magee Cr.
  2. Frank Natale Ln.
  3. Goodwood Pk. Cr.
  4. Governors Bridge
  5. Jean Dempsey Gt.
  6. Morning Gloryway
  7. Nancy Pocock Pl.
  8. Oscar Romero Pl.
  9. Strathallan Wood
  10. Timberbank Blvd.
  11. Van de Water Cr.
  12. Wm. R. Allen Rd.
15
  1. Lotherton Pkwy.
  2. MacNaughton Rd.
  3. Rouge River Dr.
  4. The Bridle Path
13
  1. San Romanoway
  2. The West Mall

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