You wouldn't know it from looking out my window, but spring and Jane's Walk are both on the way. Jane's Walk is a festival of walking tours that celebrates the work and legacy of Jane Jacobs, focusing on the importance of walkable, diverse cities and neighbourhoods. Unlike most walking tours, Jane's Walk is for residents of our city that help them get to know their own city and its neighbourhoods better.
To do this, we look for volunteers with a story or a passion about some thing in the city to prepare and lead a tour as part of this event. You don't need to be an expert to lead a Jane's Walk. The main idea is to share your enthusiasm and to start a conversation. Help us improve urban literacy by combining the simple activity of walking with personal observations, oral history, and shared experience. Jane’s Walk can help knit us together into a stronger, more connected, more resourceful community.
This year, the Bytowne Cinema will be screening the documentary film Citizen Jane: The Battle for the City the weekend before Jane's Walk. We'll be offering some special events the weekend of April 29 & 30 to kick off Jane's Walk. Watch this space for details.
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: