“You’ve got to get out and walk” – Jane Jacobs
Celebrating the legacy of Jane Jacobs, the foremost urban thinker of our times, Jane’s Walk inspires citizens to get to know their city and each other by getting out and walking. Jacobs famously declared that walkable, diverse and mixed used neighborhoods are the hallmark of a healthy city and its people.
Jane’s Walk cultivates a broad understanding of how cities – their economies, neighbourhoods, communities, and institutions – organically develop and thrive. It works to advance walkable neighbourhoods, to increase urban literacy and promote neighbourhood cohesion, civic engagement and leadership.
Regina’s first Jane’s Walk took place in 2009. Since then we’ve welcomed hundreds of residents to come and share in the walking discussion of our city. Volunteer tour guides including local heritage experts and conservationists, artists and poets, active citizens and community leaders have developed their tours with personal stories, local perspectives and insider information to help bridge social and geographic gaps and create a space for Regina to discover itself. They’ve covered everything from the everyday to the extraordinary. To see photos from Regina’s Jane’s Walk check out our Jane du Jour daily photo series.
About Jane Jacobs
Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was an urbanist and activist whose writings championed a fresh, community-based approach to city building. She had no formal training as a planner, and yet her 1961 best-seller, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, introduced ground-breaking ideas about how cities function, evolve and fail that are now common sense to today’s architects, planners, politicians and activists. Foremost is her simple yet revolutionary idea that dense, mixed-use neighborhoods are the key to the health and survival of a city.
**Regina’s Jane’s Walk is organized and presented by Regina Urban Ecology with the support of many community partners.