Defining Davisville

Defining Davisville

While Toronto neighbourhoods are distinctive, their borders don't always fit tightly like puzzle pieces.

Davisville is no exception. At such an iconic intersection as Yonge and Davisville, people rarely think about 'Yonge and Chaplin,' while they are really one and the same.  The south west corner of Yonge and Davisville (aka Yonge and Chaplin) hosts the grand TTC headquarters, however, according to many maps, Davisville station could be considered to be outside of the Davisville Village boundaries.

Let's take a closer look at some of the different ways that Davisville is mapped out. First, the typical map of the area is bordered by Yonge St, Eglinton Ave, Bayview Ave and Davisville Ave. The city of Toronto's neighbourhood profile map doesn't actually include one called Davisville, but rather 'Mount Pleasant West' and 'Mount Pleasant East' - stretching further north and south than one might expect. According to the city, "Not all people define neighbourhoods the same way," but defining the boundaries ensures that data can be compared across years (and Censuses). 

More broadly, one can look to the political boundaries of the neighbourhood - St. Paul's, or Ward 22. This map has the area stretching from Spadina to the west and Bayview to the east, while also including Mt. Pleasant Cemetery and the Yonge and St. Clair area. From this perspective, Yonge and Davisville lies at the very heart of the community.

Zooming out even further, the concept of 'Midtown' comes into play. Some would argue that Midtown runs from Bloor to Lawrence, while others would cap the northern point at Eglinton. Whatever the boundaries, it's safe to say that Davisville is in the heart of Midtown.

For now, and for the purposes of Davisville Post, we'll just be exploring the neighbourhood around us and bringing you photos and articles of interest from around the heart of Davisville.

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