Walkable Weekend

This weekend is the Jane’s Walk Weekend; a festival of walking tours.  The event is in tribute to one of Toronto’s most visionary urban strategists Jane Jacobs, who died in 2006 at 89 years old.  Jane’s Walk honours the legacy of Jane Jacobs who defended the interests of local residents and pedestrians over a car-centered approach to planning.  As Jane Jacobs stated in her 1961 book titled ‘The Death and Life of Great American Cities’, “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody”.  The Jane’s Walk Vision is: Walkable neighbourhoods, urban literacy, cities planned for and by people.  Since its inception on May 5th, 2007 in Toronto by Jane Jacobs’s friends and colleagues, Jane’s Walk has quickly grown to include over 400 walks in 9 countries in 68 cities.  The free guided walking tours take place as far away as India, Zambia, Uruguay, Berlin and over 32 U.S. cities and as close as a neighborhood near you.  So check out www.janeswalk.net, put on some comfortable walking shoes and get out and explore your neighborhood and meet your neighbours.  Let me know what walk you went on!

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