Jane’s Walk Seeks Individuals And Organizations To Host Walks

Friday March 1st, 2019

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The 2019 Windsor-Essex Jane’s Walk Weekend is seeking new hosts to lead walks of their neighbourhoods.

The Global Festival taking place the weekend of May 3rd to 5th celebrates the legacy and ideas of urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs.

Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was an urbanist and activist whose writings championed a community-based approach to city building. She had no formal training as a planner, and yet her 1961 treatise, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, introduced ground-breaking ideas about how cities function, evolve, and fail that have become commonsense cannon for today’s architects, planners, policymakers, activists, and other city builders.

Jane’s Walks are free citizen-led walks of neighbourhoods and anyone can host one – no expertise required.

This year organizers are hoping to expand further to neighbourhoods throughout Windsor-Essex. Individuals or organizations can host their own Jane’s Walk and topics can include advocacy, art, architecture, the environment, food, history, culture, or something completely unique. The festival can serve as an opportunity to share information about a particular project, initiative, or event as it relates to a walk.

To date, Ford City Neighbourhood Renewal, Bike Windsor Essex, and Museum Windsor are confirmed for the 2019 weekend, as is a resident-led tour of the history of downtown street names.

Last year, there were five walks and one bike tour.

Anyone interested in hosting their own Jane’s Walk can attend an information session on Monday, March 4th from 5pm to 7pm at Green Bean Cafe. You can also call 519-996-4982 to register.

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