Markham

10 signs you grew up in Markham

Within the GTA, Markham is known variously for its higher-than-average insurance rates, its busier-than-average T&T superstores, and its lower-than-average rate of crime. But those of us who grew up in this cheerful (if somewhat uneventful) borough share a more intimate knowledge of the city.

Here are 10 signs that you grew up in Markham.

1. You know someone who knows someone who knew Steve Stamkos, and you talk about it more than you should.

2. You remember the skate park behind Markville Mall as the seedy part of town.

3. You view Village Grocer shopping bags as a status symbol.

4. You use the 2008 traffic calming infrastructure as an excuse for reckless and erratic driving.

5. You know there are a total of two roundabouts in Markham. You are not sure how they work.

6. You get excited about the demolition derby at the Markham Fair.

7. You know the first season of Gilmore Girls was filmed on Main Street in Unionville.

8. You have enjoyed a delightful but vaguely humiliating tea at the Olde Curiosity Shop on Main Street Markham (or you have shuffled awkwardly past a window full of these period-clad tea enthusiasts).

9. You're not sure where The Beaches are.

10. You tell people you're from Toronto because in spite of your suburban beginnings, you feel cool and jaded and devastatingly street.

What signs did I miss? Add your own suggestions in the comments.

Writing by K.E. Sinclair.

Photo by Benny Magar


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