Map of the Week: Where the dogs are (part one)
Two maps this week, both based on a version of Toronto's dog licence database released by the City:
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Dogs, at least the ones known to the City's license system, cluster along the lake shore east of downtown and in the neighbourhoods along Yonge St. south of Hwy. 401.
The list is led by Lawrence Park (M4N), followed closely by the Beaches (M4E and M4L).
(Urban observation has it right on this one - there really are a lot more dogs in the Beaches than elsewhere in the city.)
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The dog ownership rate has generally risen across the city over the last four years. In absolute numbers, there were just under 49,000 licenced dogs in August of 2008, compared with 36,000 in 2004.
These numbers, of course, reflect the number of dogs which are properly licenced. It's hard to know how much of the change reflects better enforcement, and how much is due to an actual increase in animals.
The dog licence rate has fallen in 24 postal areas, and it would be interesting to know why. The strip of blue on the map running from the Beaches west through downtown and then northwest through the old city's west end looks very much like the pattern in the 2004 pit bull map.
Thanks to Andy Bailey, the Star's computer-assisted reporting specialist, for boiling down the spreadsheet to a manageable form.
Next week: maps of Toronto's most popular dog breeds.