If you’re nuts for your neighbourhood and want to show some love for where you live, then joining an upcoming Jane’s Walk may be your calling. The program—which offers a series of free neighbourhood walking tours—helps put individuals in touch with each other and their environment.
All tours are led by individuals, like you, who are passionate about where they live, work, go to school, or simply hang out. Different from your average run-of–the-mill sightsee, Jane’s Walk addresses a more personal take on the local culture, social history and planning issues faced by residents of each neighbourhood.
If you’re still on the fence about this, consider this a worthy and well-intentioned cause; Jane’s Walk honours the legacy of Jane Jacobs, an urban activist and writer who championed the interests of local residents and pedestrians over a car-centered approach to planning. These walks are meant to be fun, engaging and participatory, and we can’t think of a better way to spend a spring afternoon! So this year, why not help surpass the 6,000 people who participated last year by leading or participating in a tour right in your own neighbourhood?
Only two years after its 2007 inception, Jane’s Walk has already taken place in a number of Canadian cities, some of which include Toronto, Charlottetown, Montreal and Regina, and is continuing to expand across North America (and even one in Mumbai India). Visit the site to find more information on walks in your city and how to become a Jane’s Walk leader.