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New map charts Toronto's political leanings (literally)

Ever wondered what Toronto's leanings are in terms of municipal politics? If you're a #TOpoli junky, you've probably already pored over the ward-by-ward breakdown of how the city voted in the 2014 municipal election. That's the conventional way of looking at our tendencies when it comes to local politicians.

This new map from William Davis is, however, a whole lot more interesting and fun. In place of the colour coded maps we've become familiar with, the digital cartographer has plotted the information in literal terms using lines divided into three categories: right, left and straight (centre) to represent voting for the three mayoral candidates in the last election.

Although municipal politics lack party affiliation in Toronto, it's not a stretch to place Olivia Chow on the left, Doug Ford on the right, and John Tory at centre. Working on these assumptions, Davis has crafted an intriguing map that resembles a rudimentary wind chart for Toronto.

Of particular interest is the vortex that defines the area where the old city of Toronto and Etobicoke meet at the south end of the city. I'm not sure how useful this particular data visualization is, but it's a hell of a lot more interesting to look at than a traditional ward map.

Next up, it's be great to see date related to how the city votes in provincial and federal elections. Let us know if you spot any trends worthy of note.


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