The free neighbourhood walking tours known as Jane’s Walk is back.
Known for helping put people in touch with their environment and each other, Jane’s Walk began in 2007 right here in Toronto and has since grown to be an international event with over 200 cities involved.
“Jane’s Walk honours the legacy and ideas of urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs who championed the interests of local residents and pedestrians over a car-centered approach to planning,” according to organizers. “Jane’s Walk helps knit people together into a strong and resourceful community, instilling belonging and encouraging civic leadership.”
All tours are given and taken for free, and led by anyone who has interest in the neighbourhoods they live, work, or hang out. Tours aren’t necessarily about heritage or architecture, but can take on more personal takes on local culture and experiences faced by residents.
Toronto is hosting several tours throughout the weekend of May 5. Here’s a sample of what you can expect this year:
Lost Toronto: If you think that downtown is a wasteland, filled with towering skyscrapers and devoid of any remnants of historical beauty – think again!
Bringing The Linear Parks back to Life: Exploring a series of parks, hidden from the every-day city bustle, but invisible and neglected. How can we bring these parks back to life?
To demolish, or not to demolish? Exploring Heritage Character in Toronto’s Downtown: This walk explores the layered nature of Toronto’s urban development since 1800, and the social and economic forces that have shaped it.
ArtWalk – ~15,000 square feet of art and history. See Toronto’s Village of Murals! Over 100 years ago, people from Europe settled here. Today it’s a bustling urban hub attracting people from the four corners of the globe.
Where will the next generation live? What are the policy choices that would make Toronto affordable for this generation and the next?
Explore all available walks through Jane’s Walk. The events take place May 5 to 7 throughout the city.