Join Nathan Storring and Robert Kanigel for a discussion of their books about Jane and her work. Storring's book Vital Little Plans is a collection of essays, articles, and speeches by Jane Jacobs as well as transcripts from interviews. Kanigel's book Eyes on the Street is the first major biography of Jane Jacobs, covering her development as a writer and urban theorist, as well as her influence on urban planning in the US and in Canada.
When: Saturday, Oct. 22, at 12:00 noon.
Where; Christ Church Cathedral, 414 Sparks St., between Bay St. and Bronson.
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Jane's Walk Ottawa-Gatineau and the Ontario Professional Planners Institute (OPPI) will co-host a walk on Sunday, Nov 6. Ottawa journalist Matthew Pearson will reprise part of his 'Walk the Line' trek to share what he's learned about the progress being made on Ottawa's LRT Confederation Line. Details about this walk are here.
Jane Jacobs worried about the livability of cities, which led her to study how they worked and write about what she found. But she was also concerned about the durability of democracy and its institutions, which led her to write, among other things, Dark Age Ahead. Nathaniel Rich explores this side of Jane in his recent article in the Atlantic Magazine.
It's a lot of work to make Jane's Walk happen, and we're lucky to have so many people helping in many, many ways! More . . .
Jane's Walk Ottawa-Gatineau offered 45 walks in 2016. The weather was terrific on Saturday, and only slightly less so on Sunday with a few scattered showers. Total attendance for the weekend including Jane's Talk and Apres-Jane was over 1700. Thanks to everyone who helped to make this event a success, including walk leaders, marshals, organizers, sponsors and partners, the organizers, and other helpers.
There is no logic that can be superimposed on the city. People make it, and it is to them, not buildings, that we must fit our plans. — Jane Jacobs, "Downtown is for People", The Exploding Metropolis, 1957.
Jane's Walk is a weekend festival of free neighbourhood walking tours led by locals who care passionately about where they live, work and play. Jane's Walk is a pedestrian-focused event that improves urban literacy by offering insights into local history, planning, design, and civic engagement through the simple act of walking and observing. more
"No one can find out what will work for our cities by
looking at garden suburbs, manipulating scale models, or inventing
dream cities. You've got to get out and walk.
— Jane Jacobs, "Downtown is for People", The Exploding Metropolis, 1957.
"I like walking because in cars you can't see very much and can't get a close look at things. When you walk, you can say 'stop' and then look."
— Jane's Walk participant S.B., age 6.
"Une ville, c'est plus que des pierres, des rues, des édifices. C'est des gens qu'on aime et la vie qu'on y mène.
[A city is more than stones, streets, buildings. It's the people we love and the life we lead there.]"
— Christian Larsen, Le Droit, Wednesday, April 13, 2016.
Jane's Walk Ottawa would not be possible without the support of many organizations and individuals. Our sponsors and partners include: