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Jane's Walk at Doors Open Ottawa 2016

Jane's Walk Ottawa-Gatineau is pleased to offer a walking tour as part of Doors Open Ottawa again this year!  More . . . .

Jane's Walk 2016

Saturday & Sunday, May 7 & 8 
Join us in celebrating the life and ideas of Jane Jacobs.  Let's hope the weatherman is correct that it will rain only after the walks are finished tomorrow, and will end by morning.   We'll be part of a global festival of walking tours, with Jane's Walk events taking place in more than 400 cities world-wide.

Jane's Walk Ottawa-Gatineau offered 45 walks in 2016.  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.  

Some photos from walks so far:  

Montreal Road Treasures, in front of the Quartier Vanier BIA:  Montreal Rd Treasures At The Bia 2016

Civic Hosp&Exptal Farm 2016  


Civic Hospital and Central Experimental Farm

Jane's Talk

Jane's Talk was a great success! More than 75 people turned out to kick off Jane's Walk and to hear about the new allsaints.  We had to pull up more pews!  The photo shows the crowd listening as Leanne Moussa talked about how the community's experience of walking in the neighbourhood led directly to the effort to purchase All Saints to maintain it as a hub for the neighbourhood. 

Jane's Talk At All Saints  Photo:  Jane's Talk 2016

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.

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The Movement for Safer, More Livable Streets

Here's an excellent warm-up for Jane's Walk:  
Janette Sadik-Khan, former Transportation Commissioner of New York City and co-author of Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution, will be in Ottawa to talk about how her efforts to re-imagine public spaces helped transform the streets New York – one of the world's greatest, toughest cities – into dynamic spaces for pedestrians and cyclists.

As Transportation Commissioner, Sadik-Khan implemented an ambitious program to improve street safety, mobility, and sustainability throughout New York City. To help Ottawa accelerate our own urban revolution for people-centred street design, Sadik-Khan will share tips on how to rethink, reinvigorate, and redesign our city for safer, more livable streets. Her book Streetfight will be available for purchase and signing.
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Event details:    
Date:  Wednesday, April 27
Time:  Reception:  6:00 pm,
            Talk            7:00 pm
Place:  Aberdeen Pavilion, Landsdowne Park      Note change of venue!!
            1000 Exhibition Way

Admission is free, but RSVP is required.  Click here to reserve your ticket. 

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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: