“My footsteps just added to others on the city’s sidewalks”
When I left my neighborhood and came a long way with a couple of suitcases to make my new home in Toronto, it was about one year ago. Thanks to Google map, I was able to find a bunch of information easily such as Streets’ name and buildings or getting subway with different choices. However there’s something big missing!
Google map cannot give me any sense of my new neighborhood. I get out of my home every day, using elevator, bus, walking on the street, not knowing any one in my vicinity to even say hello. Only for the first time, when I saw one of my new Canadian’s friends on the street, so we said hi and had a short chat. After that day, I felt like I am belonging to this area more than before. As a newcomer, I’m interested in knowing more about the area where I live in as I feel I’m part of it now.
Recently I’ve joined the Neighborhood Choreographer program with Jane’s Walk in The Bathurst Finch Community. Although I am at the beginning of my journey, I’m thinking how amazing it is that Jane’s walk welcomes newcomers who are looking for ways to connect themselves with their neighborhood. For instance, I myself as a newcomer with the architectural background have my fresh eyes that are interested to hunt many new and unknown items in the city. Hearing the neighborhood stories, being familiar with the well-known characters of neighborhood or talking about the current concerns can give newcomers a real sense of our neighborhood and the sweet feeling of a real home; moreover it can knit people together into a resourceful community. In my opinion it would be a great idea if Jane’s Walk can be introduced to all newcomers who are here to make their dream home on this beautiful land. Their involvement will be an asset in return to make this movement larger and stronger.