|PETER POWER/TORONTO STAR|
The city's two top addresses for parking tickets last year were Sunnybrook, with 8,875 tickets, or 24 a day, and the Sherway Gardens mall in Etobicoke, (across the street from the Trillium Health Centre) with 7,095 written, or nearly 20 a day. Here are the top 10:
1) 2075 BAYVIEW AVE 8875
2) 25 THE WEST MALL 7095
Sherway Gardens mall, across the street from the Trillium Health Centre
3) 1750 FINCH AVE E 5670
Seneca College - Newnham Campus
4) 20 EDWARD ST 4440
World's Biggest Book Store
5) 60 MURRAY ST 3041
Near Mount Sinai and Princess Margaret
6) 25 ST MARY ST 2780
Near Yonge and Charles
7) 2401 YONGE ST 2571
Near Yonge and Eglinton
8) 1265 MILITARY TR 2497
U of T Scarborough campus
9) 110 ELM ST 2307
Hospital for Sick Children
10) 3030 BIRCHMOUNT RD 2269
Scarborough Hospital - Grace Division
The city as a whole had about 2.8 million parking tickets written last year.
Hospitals seem to attract parking violators, or parking enforcement, depending on your point of view. This also applies to hospitals outside the downtown core - Sunnybrook, Toronto Western, the East General and especially St. Joseph's (see below) all have icons. The Distillery District also seems to get a lot of attention, though whether the area has an epidemic of illegal parking or is just a short walk from 51 Division is an open question.
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