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Sunday, Nov 6—Walk the LRT route with Matthew Pearson to mark World Town Planning Day!

Jane's Walk Ottawa-Gatineau and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) will co-host a walk on Sunday, Nov 6.  Ottawa journalist Matthew Pearson will reprise part of his 'Walk the Line' trek to share what he's learned about the progress being made on Ottawa's LRT Confederation Line.   Details about this walk are here

Jane Jacobs' other concern

Jane Jacobs worried about the livability of cities, which led her to study how they worked and write about what she found.  But she was also concerned about the durability of democracy and its institutions, which led her to write, among other things, Dark Age Ahead.  Nathaniel Rich explores this side of Jane in his recent article in the Atlantic Magazine.  


Thanks to all our volunteers and supporters

It's a lot of work to make Jane's Walk happen, and we're lucky to have so many people helping in many, many ways!  More . . . 

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Jane's Walk Weekend 2016:  
A good time was had by all! 

Jane's Walk Ottawa-Gatineau offered 45 walks in 2016.  The weather was terrific on Saturday, and only slightly less so on Sunday with a few scattered showers.  Total attendance for the weekend including Jane's Talk and Apres-Jane was over 1700.  Thanks to everyone who helped to make this event a success, including walk leaders, marshals, organizers, sponsors and partners, the organizers, and other helpers.   

Glen Gower published a summary of his walk on Stittsville's Main Street.  If you have photos, reviews, or comments, please share them on the FaceBook page or by email.  


There is no logic that can be superimposed on the city. People make it, and it is to them, not buildings, that we must fit our plans.  Jane Jacobs, "Downtown is for People", The Exploding Metropolis, 1957.

What is Jane's Walk?

Jane's Walk is a weekend festival of free neighbourhood walking tours led by locals who care passionately about where they live, work and play. Jane's Walk is a pedestrian-focused event that improves urban literacy by offering insights into local history, planning, design, and civic engagement through the simple act of walking and observing.  more

"No one can find out what will work for our cities by looking at garden suburbs, manipulating scale models, or inventing dream cities. You've got to get out and walk.
— Jane Jacobs, "Downtown is for People", The Exploding Metropolis, 1957.

"I like walking because in cars you can't see very much and can't get a close look at things. When you walk, you can say 'stop' and then look."
— Jane's Walk participant S.B., age 6.

"Une ville, c'est plus que des pierres, des rues, des édifices. C'est des gens qu'on aime et la vie qu'on y mène.  
[A city is more than stones, streets, buildings.  It's the people we love and the life we ​​lead there.]"
— Christian Larsen, Le Droit, Wednesday, April 13, 2016.


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Apt613 walk in Hintonburg, 2012.

Thank you to all our supporters!

Jane's Walk Ottawa would not be possible without the support of many organizations and individuals. Our sponsors and partners include: