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January 14, 2017

Parkdale Neighbourhood PLAN

Over the last few years, Toronto has been experiencing a period of rapid and widespread gentrification. If you have lived in a particular Toronto neighbourhood for a significant period of time, then you have probably have witnessed this change firsthand. Condominiums, cafés, boutiques, and other ‘cool’ new amenities are just some of the ‘on the street’ signifiers. While many may attest that these neighbourhood facelifts are necessary updates that are great for market value, some see damaging effects of[...]

July 29, 2016

Wellness Month: Community Walks Inspired by Jane’s Walk!

by Toronto Employment & Social Services

July 12, 2016

Coming Home: A Tale of "Reentry"

by Jennie

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” 
― Jane Jacobs

May 2, 2016

A Four-Wheeled View of the Concrete Jungle

“Skaters by their very nature are urban guerrillas: they make everyday use of the useless artifacts of the technological burden, and employ the handiwork of the government/corporate structure in a thousand ways that the original architects could never dream of.”
 Craig Stecyk, 1976

  “Skaters by their very nature are urban guerrillas: they make everyday use of the useless artifacts of the technological burden, and employ the handiwork of the government/corporate structure in a thousand ways that the original architects could never dream of.” ~ Craig Stecyk, 1976    Ariel Stagni began his journey as most skaters, always curious about the structures and artifacts of the concrete jungle that he called home. Twenty-five years later, he still considers himself one of those urban guerillas. Ariel was[...]

April 22, 2016

A Tourist At Home

by Danielle

April 12, 2016

Strolling: Sheppard Line

by Amelia

“By its nature, the metropolis provides what otherwise could be given only by traveling; namely, the strange.” 
― Jane Jacobs

March 29, 2016

10 Years of TO: A Letter to Myself

A pitch for the curious, after ten years of exploring The Six.

Hello, Sally! It’s me, your self from 10 years in the future! By the time you read this, you’ll soon be receiving from the University of Toronto a much-anticipated answer to your application. (Spoiler alert: I’m writing from Toronto.) You’ll have to make a decision between the green-grey hills of Coquitlam, B.C., on a cloudy day; and Toronto, of which your only impression is the white-grey waters of the Niagara Falls on a cloudy day. Your last visit to this half-remembered[...]

March 22, 2016

Know Thy Foodie Neighbour

by Dana

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” 
― Jane Jacobs

September 16, 2015

Fall Scarborough Poetry Walk

Celebrate the arrival of fall with poetry in the park!

Join me to celebrate Culture Days and the arrival of fall with poetry in the park! Sunday, September 27 2-4:30pm meeting at Agincourt Library (Kennedy and Sheppard in Scarborough) Highlights of this walk event include: Learn about the Toronto Public Library's Toronto Poetry Map, poetry collections, Young Voices program and Agincourt Library's new poetry club​ Discover Ron Watson Park and meet Ron and Verna Watson​ Hear poems by Scarborough poets Jeevan Bhagwat, Patrick Connors, Darcy Miller and Sheila Bello​ Experience Matti Palonen's tree harp installation​ Bring[...]

September 10, 2015

Nature Walking on the Pan Am Path

by Anna

August 25, 2015

Walking and Dancing on the Pan Am Path

by Anna

“By its nature, the metropolis provides what otherwise could be given only by traveling; namely, the strange.” 
― Jane Jacobs

May 11, 2015

The genesis of a Scarborough Poetry Walk

Leading my first Jane’s Walk was a wonderful experience!

Leading my first Jane’s Walk was a wonderful experience! What better way to celebrate the arrival of May than to read poetry in a park? Indeed! The weather on Sunday May 3rd was lovely and we were witness to the beginnings of “April’s little sister in bloom” as Scarborough poet Jeevan Bhagwat describes the month of May.   The genesis of the idea for a Scarborough Poetry Walk was in the confluence of a couple of events that took place in mid-April.[...]

May 1, 2015

Cosmopolis Toronto + Jane's Walk

by Jose

April 30, 2015

Art Beyond Frames and Galleries

by Samridhi

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” 
― Jane Jacobs

April 29, 2015

Volunteer Picks - Jane's Walk Festival 2015

Here, a handful of our volunteers offer their top picks. They know the walks this year better than anyone else. Here are their suggestions for your weekend itinerary.

We owe most of the success of this year’s festival to our planning volunteers. They have worked tirelessly to help leaders with their listings and promote the walks through social media. They know the walks better than anyone else and are best equipped to make suggestions for your weekend itinerary. Here, a handful of our volunteers offer their top picks. If you run into any of our amazing volunteers during this weekend’s walks be sure to give them a[...]

April 29, 2015

Walks About Walking

by Denise

“By its nature, the metropolis provides what otherwise could be given only by traveling; namely, the strange.” 
― Jane Jacobs

April 29, 2015
by Susan
April 26, 2015

Jane’s Walk Team Member with Broken Wheelchair Needs Your Help

A fundraising campaign has just launched to purchase a new or gently used power wheelchair for Susan. We NEED Susan on the Walk!

Susan is a core member of our Jane’s Walk Team. While trying to access a City Park, the chair got stuck and broke. The surface was uneven and caused the chair to angle and was stuck tightly in the narrow gate. She was trying to access the off-leash dog park with her dog. Her experience is exactly what our Jane’s Walk, Assessing the "fitness" of our public spaces, is about – access to our public spaces and how to[...]

April 25, 2015

Walking Towards a Utopia

by Samridhi

April 25, 2015

Toronto: Past and Present

by Susan

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” 
― Jane Jacobs

April 25, 2015

In Case You Missed It…Greenbelt Walks the Humber

Sixty years of environmental planning, from disaster to resilience.

  All photos: Jane’s Walk 2014: Toronto, Ontario, Canada | “Greenbelt Walks the Humber: 60-years of Environmental Planning, from Disaster to Resilience” | Guided by Shelley Petrie, Gaspar Horvath, Mary Louise Ashbourne | Photos by Jeremy[...]

April 23, 2015

Re-imagining our Spaces

by Susan

April 23, 2015

Bite into TO’s culinary scene!

by Samridhi

“By its nature, the metropolis provides what otherwise could be given only by traveling; namely, the strange.” 
― Jane Jacobs

April 22, 2015
by Susan
April 19, 2015

Walking on the Wild Side

The Jane’s Walk Festival is drawing near. Fascinating walks are being listed every day. We are sharing a series of curated lists to help you plan your festival weekend! Check out all the Jane’s Walks at http://janeswalk.org/canada/toronto/

  Spring has arrived in Toronto and it's a great time to check out the amazing green spaces in our city. Here are a few special walks that really show off the ecological diversity on your doorstep.   Milkman’s Run – Castle Frank to Evergreen Brick Works When: May 2, 2015 - 10:30AM Where: Castle Frank TTC Station Who: Andrew Holownych Explore an essential natural corridor in the heart of the city and learn how the relationship between people and nature has evolved over the past 120 years. What[...]

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” 
― Jane Jacobs

April 6, 2015
by Jose
March 29, 2015

Jane's Walk School Edition Making Connections

School Edition Animator Claire Lipson shares first day experiences and some wonderful mapping exercises from Jane's Walk School Edition students.

The first in-class session of Ecoschool’s Edition of Jane’s Walk with Central Tech’s Grade 9 ESL Geography class went swimmingly. This class truly represents the diversity of Toronto, each student coming from a different country around the globe. We started off the class by asking students what other cities they have been to and what they liked about them. People chose different cities for their natural landscapes, architecture, and governance. The question was posed to connect students to the idea[...]

March 25, 2015

Who makes the School Edition come to life?

by Samridhi

March 23, 2015

A Blockbuster of a Walk

by Kai Fai

“By its nature, the metropolis provides what otherwise could be given only by traveling; namely, the strange.” 
― Jane Jacobs

March 16, 2015
by Amanda
March 11, 2015

MOVIE THEATRES ALONG YONGE STREET

A brief tour of the movie theatres of days gone by.

Oh! Where are the old movie theatres from yesterday where, with admission, we could sit as long as we wanted? Or not be entertained by a host on the screen by having us play games using our cell phones? We went to the movies to see the movies! Here’s just a brief tour of the movie theatres along Yonge Street and surrounding areas. Many are now long gone. (If I have forgotten any, my apologies!!) We start our tour just north of[...]

February 3, 2015

The Death and Life of a Great Canadian Street

by Stephen

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” 
― Jane Jacobs

August 1, 2014

In Case You Missed It…Welcoming the World — It Takes a Village

See how Church Street Village has been preparing for World Pride 2014, the Pan Am Games in 2015 and beyond.

    All photos: Jane’s Walk 2014: Toronto, Ontario, Canada | “Welcoming the World – It Takes a Village” | Guided by Al Rezoski, Councillor Kristyn Wong-Tam | Photos by Aiden[...]

July 8, 2014

In Case You Missed It…Ward 20 Walks!

by Margaux

“By its nature, the metropolis provides what otherwise could be given only by traveling; namely, the strange.” 
― Jane Jacobs

July 3, 2014

In Case You Missed It…Cornucopia on Dundas West

Bridging the geologic, ethnic, and personal experience of a neighbourhood.

    All photos: Jane’s Walk 2014: Toronto, Ontario, Canada | “Cornucopia on Dundas West” | Guided by Alec Keefer | Photos by Margaux[...]

June 27, 2014

Women's Labour History

by Valerie

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” 
― Jane Jacobs

June 24, 2014

In Case You Missed It…Still Not Boring, One Flooded Year Later

From LRT excavation to Keelesdale Park.

  All photos: Jane’s Walk 2014: Toronto, Ontario, Canada | “Still Not Boring, One Flooded Year Later” | Guided by Mike Mattos, MDCA | Photos by Aiden[...]

“By its nature, the metropolis provides what otherwise could be given only by traveling; namely, the strange.” 
― Jane Jacobs

June 13, 2014

In case you missed it…Come PLAI With Us Jane’s Walk

A walk around the re-emerging Lower Don Lands, South of Eastern, and Film District.

  All photos: Jane’s Walk 2014: Toronto, Ontario, Canada | “Come PLAI With Us In The New Port Lands” | Guided by John Wilson, Paula Fletcher, Alfredo Romano, Mark Wilson, David Stonehouse | Photos by Vik[...]

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” 
― Jane Jacobs

June 13, 2014

In case you missed it…In The Footsteps Of The Taylors Jane’s Walk

Exploring the contribution of the influential Taylors to the development of East York.

  All photos: Jane’s Walk 2014: Toronto, Ontario, Canada | “In the Footsteps of the Taylors” | Guided by Evan McMurtry | Photos by Margaux[...]

“By its nature, the metropolis provides what otherwise could be given only by traveling; namely, the strange.” 
― Jane Jacobs

June 13, 2014

In case you missed it…Curb Cuts and Desire Lines Jane’s Walk

A sidewalk scavenger hunt from Christie to Harbord.

  All photos: Jane’s Walk 2014: Toronto, Ontario, Canada | “Curb Cuts and Desire Lines: A Christie-Harbord Scavenger Hunt!” | Guided by Denise Pinto | Photos by Chris[...]

June 8, 2014

Creating Nature in a City

by Susan

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” 
― Jane Jacobs

May 29, 2014

In case you missed it... Drag King Jane's Walk

Here are some of the highlights from the Drag Kings Jane's Walk!

This was Robyn's first time leading a Jane's Walk! At the beginning of the Walk she addressed the 70+ people who attended by saying "The drag king community is a very important part of my coming out story. It doesn't get a lot of recognition, even in the gay village, so I wanted to share it with Toronto and I'm so happy you all came out today to explore with us!" Trevor Wood explains the various techniques that can be[...]

May 13, 2014

100 in 1 Day & Jane's Walk

by Shauna

“By its nature, the metropolis provides what otherwise could be given only by traveling; namely, the strange.” 
― Jane Jacobs

May 2, 2014

The Walking Diaries: Antoine Belaieff

Step into the shoes of people from different walks of life in Toronto! We ask them about their favourite places to walk in the city and what a walking-friendly city looks like to them in the Walking Diaries series.

  Walking Diary: Antoine BelaieffTraffic Innovator Antoine Belaieff is the Director of Innovation at Metrolinx and a Registered Professional Planner with a broad range of experience in innovation, urban and transportation planning, public policy and sustainability. He is an avid runner who describes it as, "walking for people with short attention spans". He especially loves running to discover a new city or neighbourhood, and as he points out, "if you don't like it, just run away!" Antoine is passionate about discovering[...]

May 1, 2014

Staff Picks! (Vol. 2)

by Denise

April 30, 2014

Staff Picks! (Vol. 1)

by Denise

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” 
― Jane Jacobs

April 27, 2014

The Walking Diaries: Tracey Fysh, Early Childhood Educator

Step into the shoes of people from different walks of life in Toronto! We ask them about their favourite places to walk in the city and what a walking-friendly city looks like to them in the Walking Diaries series.

  Walking Diary: Tracey FyshEarly Childhood Educator Tracey is an Early Childhood Educator with a Bachelor of Education at the Primary/Junior level. She is passionate about working with children, particularly in the arts. Tracey lives in the Yonge and Eglinton area. When's your favourite time to go for a walk? My favourite time to go for a walk is right at dusk. There's something about having time to explore in the daylight but also being able to watch the city slide into night! What's[...]

April 25, 2014

Inspirations for Your Walk

by Justin

“By its nature, the metropolis provides what otherwise could be given only by traveling; namely, the strange.” 
― Jane Jacobs

April 24, 2014
by Rachel
April 21, 2014

Arrival & the City WalkShop

Jane's Walk hosted a "WalkShop" on Arrival & the City as part of our & the City Series this spring. The event brought together Torontonians to develop Jane's Walk ideas to connect experiences and stories of immigration and arrival to the city.

Jane's Walk's WalkShop on Arrival & the City brought together a lively and diverse group of voices. Speakers who joined us were: Minaz Asani-Kanji from Toronto Park People Leah Houston, a past Jane’s Walk leader and director of MABELLEarts Mona Ismael, also a past Jane’s Walk participant and member of St. James Town Smart Development, and Kim Turner from Cities of Migration About half of Toronto’s population are born outside of Canada, and when I think of arrival I think of movement, borders, place[...]

April 16, 2014

A Very Special Walk, Within A Very Special Walk

by Friendly Spike

April 11, 2014

Amitis Nouroozi

by Amitis

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” 
― Jane Jacobs

April 9, 2014

Six Photo-Walks, Two Days

Six Photo-Walks, Two DaysA travel photojournalism assignment in my own neighbourhood.By Margaux Yiu, April 4, 2014 I’ve wanted to be a travelling photographer ever since I found out people got paid to take photos and travel. “Travel photographer” is such a perfect alignment of all the best worlds, I can’t imagine anyone not wanting to do this for a living or for fun or both. Well, last April, I happened to see a job posting for an occasional freelance travel photographer[...]

“By its nature, the metropolis provides what otherwise could be given only by traveling; namely, the strange.” 
― Jane Jacobs

April 1, 2014
by Claire
March 31, 2014

Nature & the City WalkShop: Ideas Take Root

Jane's Walk hosted a "WalkShop" on Nature & the City as part of our & the City Series this spring. The event brought together Torontonians to develop Jane's Walk ideas to connect nature and the city.

March 15 seemed like any other Saturday afternoon in what has felt like an endless winter. But it was different. One room was full of people thinking, talking and speaking about nature and the city. Conversations evoked images of gardens in full bloom, birds soaring over a sun dappled Lake Ontario, riverbanks lush with growth and people walking, talking and learning. The Nature & the City WalkShop explored a myriad of ways that nature plays a role in our[...]

March 21, 2014

Art & the City WalkShop: Whither Art?

by Kai Fai

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” 
― Jane Jacobs

February 7, 2014

Homegrown Park Rangers: A BIG idea for 2014

The Homegrown National Park Project got a big thumbs-up this week when theToronto Star profiled the project as one ofToronto's Big Ideas of 2014.

The Homegrown National Park Project got a big thumbs-up this week when the Toronto Star profiled the project as one of Toronto's Big Ideas of 2014. The project’s first year was amazing — filled with enthusiastic Park Rangers, canoe planters, butterfly gardens and musical park crawls. Find out more by watching this great short video by filmmaker Greg Francis If you know anyone who might be interested in joining the project this year as a volunteer Homegrown Park Ranger, note that Monday February[...]

January 15, 2014

City Secrets from Toronto walkers

by Claire

“By its nature, the metropolis provides what otherwise could be given only by traveling; namely, the strange.” 
― Jane Jacobs