Thursday, May 3, 6:00-8:00 pm 'Jane's Mob' took over Parkdale Park in Hintonburg.
Jane's Mob was large, but well-behaved, making Thursday's kick-off event in Hintonburg a great success. We counted more than 150 people attending. A big 'thank you' to all our speakers. our photographer, and other volunteers! To all who came out, thanks for your interest and support. Congratulations to our Scavenger Hunt winners! As well, thanks to all the businesses and individuals who donated food, prizes, and gifts toward making this event a success, including Awesome Ottawa, the Wellington West BIA, Councilor Nussbaum's office, Panago Pizza, Bridgehead, Metro Carleton Ave., Cocoa Camino, Brew Donkey, the Hintonburg Public House, Street Art Miniatures, Synapcity, and everyone who donated at the event.
"Jane's Mob" is a kind of reverse Jane's Walk, where instead of a group walking around to different points of interest, we bring the points of interest to one location, where people can sample each of them in turn. For this event, there were storytellers, neighourhood residents, local experts, and performers to celebrate Hintonburg's history, present, and future.
Participants heard the stories behind the grand opening of the Parkdale Market, learned how to navigate the neighbourhood with a Guide Dog, what it is about the area that attracts all the micro-breweries, and where/how to date in Hintonburg, Between talks, we heard live music. Street Art Miniatures, the anonymous artist who has been filling the city with tiny hidden charms, contributed a photo scavenger hunt. The Ottawa Public Library's BiblioBike was there. And as if that wasn't enough, plenty of lawn games, art projects and snacks kept the whole family busy. We provided a program to keep it all straight; with a map of the park showing where and when each element would take place.
What: Jane's Walk Ottawa-Gatineau Launch Party
When: Thursday, May 3, 2018, 6:00-8:00 pm
Jane's Walk Ottawa-Gatineau presents this event in partnership with Awesome Ottawa, the Wellington West Business Improvement Area, and Synapcity.
Wednesday, April 4
Film screening: Citizen Jane: Battle for the City
The École d’innovation sociale Élisabeth-Bruyère at Saint Paul University will host a screening of Citizen Jane: Battle for the City in collaboration with Jane's Walk. Join us at noon in the Amphitheatre (room G1124) to watch the film and participate in a bilingual discussion about the life and work of Jane Jacobs.
Wednesday, April 4
12 noon -- 2:00 pm
Amphitheatre (Room G1124)
St. Paul University, 223 Main St.
Saturday, April 7 People for Places
Turn your passion into place: Synapcity and Jane's Walk Ottawa-Gatineau invite you to a workshop to connect with others who share your passion for Ottawa and its neighbourhoods.
Saturday, April 7
11:30 am — 2:30 pm
Geneva Hall at Knox Presbyterian Church
120 Lisgar St.
Tickets: $10. Lunch provided. Kids welcome!
Register at synapcity.ca/workshop/people-for-places
Thanks for visiting Jane's Walk Ottawa-Gatineau
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. Note that Jane's Walk weekend is timed to occur at the weekend closest to her birthdate.
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 walk 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.