Famous Toronto urbanist Jane Jacobs believed in building neighbourhoods that were urban literate, active, and involved with each other. Each year, to celebrate her legacy and all that she stood for, people across the world participate in Jane’s Walk—a free, public walk for people to explore neighbourhoods in their cities, meet neighbours, and learn more about the places in which they live. This year’s Walk is taking place this coming weekend (May 4 and 5) all over the world: everywhere from Canada to Brazil to Germany.
Founded in 2007, the Walk has since grown huge; in 2011, it took place in 75 cities in 15 countries. Whether you choose to walk in your neighbourhood or explore a new one, Jane’s Walk is a chance to slow down from the bustle of everyday life and rediscover your city, taking in all that it has to offer you—and finding ways for you to give back to it.
For more information and to find out what walks are going on in your city, visit janeswalk.net.