This morning I had the pleasure of participating in one of the many free walking tours going on in the city as part of the annual Jane’s walk.
Jane’s Walk celebrates the ideas and legacy of urbanist Jane Jacobs by getting people out exploring their neighbourhoods and meeting their neighbours. Free walking tours held on the first weekend of May each year are led by locals who want to create a space for residents to talk about what matters to them in the places they live and work. Jane’s Walk often takes Jacobs’ ideas to communities unfamiliar with her ideas, in order to advance local engagement with contemporary urban planning practices. The walks helps knit people together into a strong and resourceful community, instilling belonging and encouraging civic leadership.
I chose one of the walks in the West end of the city, focusing on the history of “999 Queen,” the city’s mental health facility.
I loved waking up on a gorgeous Sunday morning to walk the streets of my city as a tourist, looking at the buildings I pass every day with fresh eyes.
New spring goal: Take a an unguided “Jane’s Walk” every Sunday! Get outside, get walking and find out a little more about a building, street or neighborhood. PLAN!