Jane’s Walk Expands To Thirteen Walks In Seven Neighbourhoods
The 2019 Windsor-Essex Jane’s Walk where Windsorites can explore their neighbourhoods and the rest of the city through citizen-led walking tours takes place this weekend.
This year, the weekend has expanded from six events in 2018 to over thirteen this year. The walks take place in seven neighbourhoods: Downtown, Sandwich, River West, Ford City, Glengarry-Marentette, South/Walkerville, and Spring Garden. Each walk is hosted by a different organization, group, or resident.
“This is a great opportunity for people to step outside of their normal routine and explore the city,” says Jane’s Walk Windsor-Essex Organizer, Sarah Morris, who will be hosting a walk on the history of street names in English and French. “We’ve planned the weekend so you can go on multiple walks and really get a sense of history and place throughout the city.”
New to this year will be a tour of Assumption Church and its cemetery with the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario Windsor/Essex Branch; an environmental walk in the Spring Garden Natural Area with the Border City Hippies; a monument tour with Museum Windsor; resident-led tours of South Walkerville, Downtown, Ford City, and Sandwich; and many more.
Returning to the festival will be the City of Windsor’s Planning Department, Bike Windsor Essex, Downtown Windsor Community Collaborative, Ford City Neighbourhood Renewal, and Ford City Residents Association. All walk information can be found at JanesWalkYQG.Eventbrite.ca.
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.
More information can be found online here.