Seeking a Spot in the Popular Neighborhood In Your City? Follow Fido!
As gentrification runs rampant in metropolitan cities everywhere, it's no easy feat finding the perfect spot in a popular neighborhood for home buyers and renters alike. You need to keep your eye on the latest trends in the housing market, so you can swoop in and find the perfect place for you before prices skyrocket. But how you ask? How can you get the insider scoop on the hottest neighborhoods in your city? Answer: man's best friend comes through again. Follow Fido!
In a recent article released by The New York Times, trends in housing can be linked to the breeds popping up in neighborhoods across New York City. If you live in an area where prices are considerably affordable and you see a tiny yet expensive breed move onto the block, it may a sign of gentrification. With designer pups comes designer homes and designer prices, this article suggests.
According to Chen, "To track the city’s changing dog preferences, The New York Times analyzed the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s dog license registrations from 2012 to 2016, the most recent full year data were available. We used the health department’s definition of neighborhood boundaries, and the data set, which covered the five boroughs, included the dog breed, sex, name and the owner’s home ZIP code."
This study is fascinating as delves not only into the residences of each breed, but popular pet names and the most common breeds. Not surprising, this study revealed that the most popular breed in New York City was the Yorkie. Not so surprising were the names of choice for each furry friend.
"New York dogs had names like Max (the most popular), Bella, Coco, Charlie, Rocky and Lola. There was also a Biggie in every borough — 156 registrations in all, ranging from a Rottweiler in Queens to a French bulldog in Staten Island — perhaps in honor of the Brooklyn-born rapper Biggie Smalls," Chen proposed.
In Brooklyn, there used to be lots of mixed-breed pups, rescued from shelters or the streets directly. Now, as Brooklyn has become a more in-demand spot, with each new residence comes a new pup of pedigree.
These numbers, of course, as with the human census, aren't perfect. There are lots of holes, as not all dogs are registered completely, correctly, or at all. However, it's an eye-brow raising concept that speaks a lot of the growth of the economy and neighborhoods across America.
Maybe next time you're driving around your favorite not-so-popular part of town, with your favorite little hole in the wall restaurant, take a closer look at the pooch population. You may find yourself ahead of the curve on the next big housing boom.