In order to enjoy what we have in this great city - we should understand our history. One of the ways to learn more is through participating in Jane's Walks. Jane's Walks are a great way to learn about the city as a whole, but also personal stories of the communities and neighbourhoods within it.
This year Jane's Walks take place all over the city May 6th- 8th. This year would have been Jane's Birthday, but also marks 10 years since the Walks were started....
From the Jane's Walks website:
Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was an urbanist and activist whose writings championed a fresh, community-based approach to city building. She had no formal training as a planner, and yet her 1961 treatise, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, introduced ground-breaking ideas about how cities function, evolve and fail that now seem like common sense to generations of architects, planners, politicians and activists.
Jacobs saw cities as ecosystems that had their own logic and dynamism which would change over time according to how they were used. She promoted higher density in cities, short blocks, local economies and mixed uses. She lived in Greenwich Village for decades, then moved to Toronto in 1968 where she continued her work and writing on urbanism, economies and social issues until her death in April 2006.
We plan to partake in many of these great individual and community lead walks...but hopefully soon we will be able to lead one ourselves!
Additional events celebrating Jane this year:
Jane at Home at Urbanspace Gallery. April 29-May 8, 10-6 daily.
An exhibit celebrating the life and personal history of Jane Jacobs, featuring rare and never-before-seen items from her estate.
Toronto the Good: A Jane's Walk Launch Party at Fermenting Cellar. May 5th, 6-11pm.
A party thrown each year by ERA Architects (and friends) to celebrate Toronto and contemplate its history and evolution with fellow architects, designers, thinkers, and urban-minded people. This year we are celebrating the launch of the 10th Jane’s Walk festival!