It seemed liked a good idea at the time:
Torontonians, while they curse the Gardiner daily and often argue that it should be torn down, seldom speak of Frederick G. Gardiner (1895-1983), the man it was named for, the man whose personality it exuberantly embodies.
Like his highway, he was big, loud, assertive and essential. A lifelong Tory, a first-class lawyer and a shrewd investor, in 1953 he became the first chairman of Metropolitan Toronto. Metro was a fourth level of government created to solve the joint problems of city and suburbs, like water, major roads, transport and sewers. It lasted until 1998, when the suburbs became part of Toronto.