I was reminded of this the other day listening to a podcast from CBC radio: Google created a doodle marking the 100th anniversary of Jane Jacobs' birth, 4 May 2016.
You can see the entire Doodle here. I notice that the description on the page is limited to Jane's time in New York, but we know that she continued her work on understanding the social and economic well-being of cities and her activism in defense of livability of downtown neighbourhoods after she moved to Toronto. More.
1) The Future of City Neighbourhoods: Preston St. & the LRT
Chris Bradshaw led an interesting and informative walk along Preston St. The weather was fine, and OCTranspo assisted with complimentary O-Train rides.
Walk details here.
The first 110in1day event was a complete success, offering over 80 neighbourhood activities over the course of the day. See the whole list.
Given the response this year, be ready for 100in1day in Ottawa for 2018! What can you do to make your neighbourhood more interesting for a day?
3) Jane's Walk at Doors Open Ottawa
We had 50 participants for our June 3 tour of the former St Anne's Rectory at Doors Open. Many thanks to Hélène Beauchamp, who came in from Montreal to lead this tour, and to the volunteers from the National House of Prayer who graciously opened their building for this tour, and of course the Jane's Walk volunteers who were on hand to help out.
There was great attendance and lots of interest in the walks this coming weekend. Thanks to Barry Padolsky and Mathieu Fleury for their contributions to the kick-off events, and thanks to the Bytowne Cinema for their collaboration with us for these activities The events were well attended, and while Sunday afternoon was cold, we were mostly spared from rain during Mathieu's walk.
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-Gatineau would not be possible without the support of many organizations and individuals. Our sponsors and partners include: