Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Jane's Walk

Jane Jacobs was a renowned urbanist who championed a community-based approach to city building. Jane moved to Toronto in 1968 after living many years in Greenwich Village and lived in the Annex house behind this sign from 1971 until her death in 2006. In 2007 a group of her friends started Jane's Walk to celebrate her ideas and legacy by getting people out exploring their neighbourhoods and meeting their neighbours. That first year in Toronto there were 27 tours and by this year there were tours in 85 cities in 19 countries around the world! The mural I showed on Monday was viewed during one of the walks.
Taking part in Signs, Signs. For more signs click here

17 comments:

EG CameraGirl said...

A wonderful event and I'm so sorry I missed it this year.

Genie said...

What a wonderful ongoing tribute to such a talented person. I know the community gains so much from the experience each year. We need more people lie her in architecture and landscape architecture. genie

Jack said...

I didn't know that Jane Jacobs had moved to Toronto or that she was still alive as recently as 2006. I read here book when I was in college, so I assumed she expired long ago.

These walks are a great idea. Down here, there is more effort going into urging people to ride bikes to work than walking. Kind of odd, isn't it? (I like both walking and biking.)

Jeroen van de Ven said...

How nice, I'm a big fan of Jane Jacobs as a professional in urban planning in the Netherlands. I just finished a plan based on her ideas in the context of 2012

Deb said...

The walk sounds a worthy memorial for a talented woman

ewok1993 said...

thanks for introducing me to her.

Gemma Wiseman said...

A great community idea! Jane sounds like an enterprising lady!

Paul in Powell River said...

Were she still with us, she would find a lot of work to do yet.

Lesley said...

One of my heros.

LĂșcia said...

These walks are a cool idea, I'm sure she was a remarkable woman. ;-)

Randy said...

That's awesome.

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

What a memorial to Jane Jacobs.

La Principessa Errante said...

An amazing woman, a terrific tribute.

Halcyon said...

A great idea! I would love to do one of the Jane's walks. It's good to remember the people who are important to the community.

Sallie (FullTime-Life.com said...

Enjoyed the whole story, today's and this post and the mural. (Kind of fun to come late to the party and see it all at once.) I'd love to take one of those tuors.

NixBlog said...

Good to see her memory preserved.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Such a great idea, I'm sure there are parts of my neighborhood that I've never seen before, which makes me wonder if there are any such walks here. Interesting post Pat.