Jacobs 101: An introduction to the ideas of Jane Jacobs

This walk will introduce the ideas of Jane Jacobs, using Ottawa landmarks and neighbourhoods to illustrate the ideas detailed in her book The Death and Life of Great American Cities. We'll explore the roles of sidewalks, parks, zoning regulations, and more as we walk from the ByWard Market to Parliament Hill. 

Carte indiquant le point de départ

We will meet in the ByWard Market at the southwest corner of Dalhousie and George Sts.  From there, we will walk generally west through the Market to Major's Hill Park, turning south to the Senate of Canada Building, formerly the Government Conference Centre (and before that, Ottawa's central railway station), and then west along Wellington St to Parliament Hill, where the walk ends.

Accessibility: The planned route will take us up and down the York Steps (the stairs connecting Sussex St and Mackenzie Ave.).  

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Au sujet du guide

Matt Bufton is the Executive Director of the Institute for Liberal Studies, a non-partisan educational non-profit based in Ottawa. He became interested in Jane Jacobs through conversations with his wife Janet, as well as with economist Sandy Ikeda and geographer Pierre Desrochers.


Matt Bufton

Date:sam 6 mai, 2023
Durée: 1 heure 15 min
Langue: anglais
Début:SW corner, Dalhousie & George Sts
Fin:Parliament Hill
Quartier:ByWard Market/Parliament Hill
Distance:2.0 kms

 The route will take the group up the York Steps. 

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The York Street Steps run between Sussex Dr. and Mackenzie Ave., linking the ByWard Market and Major's Hill Park. Night life in the ByWard Market.  Photo courtesy of the Canadian Trade Commission. The former Union Station (and later the Government of Canada Conference Centre) will serve for the next few years as the Senate of Canada. Starting point for the Jane Jacobs 101 walk.
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