Jane’s Walk is an annual festival of free citizen-led walking conversations inspired by Jane Jacobs.
On the first weekend of May every year, Jane’s Walk festivals take place in hundreds of cities across the globe. Jane’s Walks encourage people to share stories about their neighbourhoods, discover unseen aspects of their communities, and use walking as a way to connect with their neighbours.
Jane’s Walk Launch Friday May 3, 2019 – Noon, Churchill Square
To kick off the Jane’s Walk weekend in Edmonton, Walk Edmonton and some of the local Jane’s Walk Leaders will be hosting walks over the lunch hour starting at noon. Friday noon walks include:
- DOWNTOWN RAILS: (Walk Leader: Ian Hosler)
- CATALYZE AND CONVERGE: RAMBLINGS OF A HERITAGE PLANNER ON DOWNTOWN HERITAGE, INVESTMENT AND URBAN DESIGN (Walk Leader: Davide Holdsworth)
Created in 2007 in Toronto by friends of the urban thinker Jane Jacobs, the annual series of free, volunteer-led urban walks has grown from 27 to over 500 walks, from Calgary to Canberra and Sao Paulo to Saskatoon. Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was an urbanist and activist whose writings championed a fresh, community-based approach to city building. Jacobs saw cities as ecosystems that had their own logic and dynamism which would change over time according to how they were used. Jane’s Walks are meant to be fun, engaging and participatory – everyone has a story and they are usually keen to share it! 2019 is the thirteenth anniversary of Jane’s Walk.
This year, Jane’s Walk in Edmonton is being coordinated by a local organizing committee made up of community volunteers and staff from Walk Edmonton, a City of Edmonton initiative to encourage, promote and support walking.