This weekend (May 7 & 8, 2011) is the fifth year of Jane’s Walk. Get to know your city and each other by getting out and walking!
The event is a great excuse to get out and explore Toronto’s many secret places and neighbourhoods. Started in 2007, Jane’s Walk has grown exponentially each year, both in Toronto and around the world. This year there are 170 free neighbourhood tours in Toronto alone.
In the true spirit of community, there is something for everyone.
Choose your walk!
This year’s tours walk you through everything from the historical to the controversial. Here are a just a few highlights:
- No need to travel to Brampton, explore Rexdale’s Albion Road in search of the city’s best Indian food;
- Get an insider’s perspective on how pedestrian-friendly initiatives happen in the City;
- Join author Amy Lavender Harris for a literary walking tour of “Parkdale, Scummy Parkdale;”
- Explore the messy and complicated world of planning and street design in the Stockyards area of Toronto;
- Learn how Regent Park is being revitalized with residents and newcomers to the community, who will share their stories of what was, what is, and what is still to come:
- “A Lens on Lawrence Heights” walks through a neighbourhood poised for transformation;
- See creative design that makes room for trees and learn what it takes to protect old trees and ensure newly planted ones survive;
- “Hidden Treasures in Social Housing” explores hidden treasures in Toronto’s East end – human and financial – in social housing; and
- New this year, a night Jane’s Walk – “Darkness and Light” explores the lighting grid of downtown Toronto.
As part of the event and to celebrate the occasion of the 50th anniversary of The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jane’s Walk Toronto is holding a reading relay of the text in front of Toronto’s City Hall over the Jane’s Walk weekend. Anybody can drop by the Jane’s Walk tent on Nathan Phillips Square and read aloud, sign the log book and add their voice to the celebration of this enduring work.
Also, throughout May, the Walkability Studies of Toronto’s inner-suburban high rise neighbourhoods, a research initiative of Paul Hess (University of Toronto Geography) and Jane’s Walk, will be featured in a photo exhibit at the Urbanspace Gallery at 401 Richmond Street West.
Enjoy exploring your city this weekend!