Davisville Village

Davisville Village is an area of Toronto near the intersection of Davisville Avenue and Yonge Street. There is a subway Davisville Villagestation named Davisville at this intersection. The area directly abuts Mount Pleasant Cemetery, and has a large number of apartment and condominium complexes built between the 1970s and the 2000s, as well as a number of office buildings. The area is an attractive area in Midtown Toronto between St Clair and Eglinton.

History

Davisville was founded by John Davis in 1840. Davis opened the first post office in the neighbourhood and served as the post-master.The building that housed the original post office is currently a Starbucks at the North-East corner of Yonge Street and Davisville Avenue. John Davis also started Davisville Pottery Company, which was the largest employer in the neighbourhood for several years. In 1911 Davis sold a large portion of the land to Dovercourt Development Company to be developed. Many single family homes were built between the 1920s-1930s and still exist today.In the 1970s condominium towers and apartment buildings began to develop in the neighbourhood and in 2007 the Minto Midtown Quantum towers were completed.

Transportation

Davisville is serviced by 2 TTC subway stations, Davisville and Eglinton station on the Yonge-University line. It also has regular bus service on Eglinton Ave. E. and Bayview Ave. The easy access to public transportation and the proximity to the Downtown core, results in a higher percentage of residents using public transit and self-propulsion (walking/biking). Davisville's transportation mode shows that 46.5% of residents use public transit and 11.9% walked or biked to their destination. The 2006 census data shows that the Davisville neighbourhood has a lower percentage of vehicle users than the city of Toronto.

Divisions

The city of Toronto assigns the Davisville Village into two neighbourhoods:

Mount Pleasant West is situated West of Mount Pleasant Road, North of Merton Street, East of Yonge Street and South of Keewatin Ave. 91% of people in this neighbourhood live in low/high rise apartment and condo buildings, which makes it one of the most building-dominated neighbourhoods in Toronto (comparable to the high-rise dense downtown core; Source: Statistics Canada). There are a number of affordable housing units in the area which factors into the lower income levels in this neighbourhood compared to the surrounding ones. Over 80% of residents are renters, which is approximately 30% over Toronto's average.

Minto Midtown In 2003 Minto proposed a plan for two high-rise condominium buildings on Yonge street, south of Eglinton avenue. A majority of Davisville residents were strongly opposed to the development. The case was taken to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB), which agreed that in order for Minto's plans to be approved, they needed to comply with the following conditions: • Reduce building height by several stories • Contribute $1 million towards affordable rental housing for seniors • Contribute $200,000 towards a new pedestrian walkway (Moore, 2009).

The Minto Quantum towers were built and completed in 2007 (Coorsh, 2010).

Mount Pleasant East is bordered to the east by Bayview Ave, Moore Ave to the South, Yonge street to the West and Blythwood to the North. The people in this neighbourhood are predominantly in their working years and enjoy an average income and average house value well above the norm for the city (Statistics Canada). While not the most affluent of neighbourhoods it is comparable to The Beaches in demographics and income.