The weather isn't being very nice to us this year, but wear your duck feet and bring your umbrella—the walks are on, rain or shine!
The walks on this year's list look great, with some old favorites, including two that have been on our schedule every year since the beginning, and many new ones that are very timely, and illustrate Jane Jacobs' ideas splendidly, or even take them forward. Thanks to everyone who has volunteered to lead a walk!
You can hear more about this year's walks this afternoon on CBC Radio's All In A Day (between 5:30 & 6:00) and tomorrow morning on In Town & Out (between 8:00 & 9:00) to hear some of our walk leaders talk about what they have in store.
There are nearly sixty walks this year: List of walks, click here.
The timeline version of the schedule (see sample below), with blocks showing the start time and duration of each walk, along with a reminder of the starting place. This timeline schedule is useful for planning transitions from one walk to another or to print off as a pocket schedule for the weekend. Download pdf . (new version: Please note correction: Bank St Glebe walk is taking place on Sunday.)
There was great attendance and lots of interest in the walks this coming weekend. Thanks to Barry Padolsky and Mathieu Fleury for their contributions to the kick-off events, and thanks to the Bytowne Cinema for their collaboration with us for these activities The events were well attended, and while Sunday afternoon was cold, we were mostly spared from rain during Mathieu's walk.
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.
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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