Planning Toronto in 1915

In preparation for my impending visit to the big city I’m posting some good, bad and ugly maps and data graphics–many of them far too colourful–from volume 2 of the Report to the Civic Transportation Committee on Radial Railway Entrances and Rapid Transit for the City of Toronto (1915). The sheer variety of techniques of data representation bespeak the anxious wonderment of this Winsor McKay moment in history.

Click on any image for a link to a huge version of the whole, courtesy of the U of T Map & Data Library.

Diagram showing in isometric projection the 1914 population density per acre for the built up portion of each block within the city limits.

Diagram showing in isometric projection the 1914 population density per acre for the built up portion of each block within the city limits.

Distribution of Population at 1914 and increase from 1909.

Distribution of Population at 1914 and increase from 1909.

Distribution of Population for 1889, 1904, 1899, and 1909.

Distribution of Population for 1889, 1904, 1899, and 1909.

Plan Showing Recommended Radial Railway Entrances

Plan Showing Recommended Radial Railway Entrances.

Diagram Showing Volume and Distribution of Daily Passenger Traffic on Various Street Car Routes in the City of Toronto under normal midweek conditions during August 1915.

Diagram Showing Volume and Distribution of Daily Passenger Traffic on Various Street Car Routes in the City of Toronto under normal midweek conditions during August 1915.

Diagram showing the number of street cars and vehicles in the downtown district of Toronto (1915).

Diagram showing the number of street cars and vehicles in the downtown district of Toronto.

Analysis of Passenger Movements During the Morning Rush Period (1915).

Analysis of Passenger Movements During the Morning Rush Period.

Diagram Showing Homeward Passenger Movement During the Evening Rush Period (1915).

Diagram Showing Homeward Passenger Movement During the Evening Rush Period.

Analysis of Street Car Loading illustrating the differences in riding habit in various sections of the city

Analysis of Street Car Loading illustrating the differences in riding habit in various sections of the city.

Map Showing Limits of Built Up Area 1889-1914.

Map Showing Limits of Built Up Area 1889-1914.

Time Zone Chart Showing Minimum Time in Which Journey Can Be Made From King and Yonge Sts Using Existing Surface Transit Facilities

Time Zone Chart Showing Minimum Time in Which Journey Can Be Made From King and Yonge Sts Using Existing Surface Transit Facilities.

Map Showing Extent and Character of Occupancy of the Area Required By Toronto (No Break in Existing Barriers)

Map Showing Extent and Character of Occupancy of the Area Required By Toronto (No Break in Existing Barriers).

Sketch Showing Water Front Development, Radial Railway Entrances, and Terminal.

Sketch Showing Water Front Development, Radial Railway Entrances, and Terminal.

Diagram Showing Population of the Various Municipalities of South Western Ontario

Diagram Showing Population of the Various Municipalities of South Western Ontario.

Diagram Showing Value of Farm and Manufactured Products

Diagram Showing Value of Farm and Manufactured Products.

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I'm a historian, curator, teacher and designer living in Ottawa. In 2003 I completed a Harvard doctoral dissertation on the 18thC origins of the catalogue raisonné. Then I taught at Stanford University in California from 2003 to 2005. For the next six years I was Curator of European & American Art at the National Gallery of Canada. These days I'm involved in a variety of research, teaching, advocacy and design projects. For more information visit my web sites, including my personal blog (grahamlarkin.info) that will take you to my other sites including Design Incubator (designincubator.info), Slow Ottawa (slowottawa.ca), Vision Zero Canada (visionzero.ca) and Love 30 Canada (love30.ca).

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