In 2008, six thousand people took part in Jane's Walk, walking through 141 neighbourhoods in eleven Canadian cities. Inspired by urban activist Jane Jacobs and her grassroots approach to city-building, the walks put people in touch with their environment and with each other, bridging social and geographic gaps and creating a space for cities to discover themselves.
Jane's Walk is a simple idea that can be adapted to all kinds of different communities and settings. Some tours look at urbanism and the built environment; some wind their way through parks and ravines; some introduce walkers to vibrant street life; and some focus on a neighbourhood's social history and hidden stories.
, May 2 and 3 (this weekend).
I'm going to try to make the Albert Street and Downtown Life walks.