The lane is behind several Jamaican-owned businesses in the Eglinton Avenue West and Oakwood Avenue is scheduled to undergo an upgrade, revamp and name change this fall, City Councillor Josh Colle announced plans to re-name the laneway, Reggae Lane, in honour of the history, heritage and legacy of the neighbourhood.
“It is intended to set up murals where pictures of these artists would be there to be seen. Blurbs under their picture would be there for the younger folks to go and read about these people. That’s the essential idea. It’s going to be like a cultural park with an emphasis on reggae music from Jamaica as the Jamaicans contributed to this area,” says Arnold Rowe, vice chair of the York-Eglinton BIA.
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