Global Walk Blog

December 2, 2016

100 Years of Jane Jacobs

A reflection on the work of Jane Jacobs in an excerpt from the book, Vital Little Plans, by Samuel Zipp and Nathan Storring.

Over the years, Jane Jacobs has played a major role in city building. Her life’s work and passion for urban living still influences the way we think of and observe cities today. Authors Samuel Zipp and Nathan Storring have encapsulated Jacobs’ legacy in the book Vital Little Plans: The Short Works of Jane Jacobs. This annotated work features forty short and previously unpublished pieces from throughout Jacobs’ career which highlight Jacobs’ ingenuity and impact over the years.  As we approach[...]

April 20, 2016

A Traveller's Jane's Walk

by Arleigh

You can't opt out of geography

Daniel Rotsztain
April 6, 2016
by Arleigh
November 2, 2015

Talking about Walking

Jane’s Walk at OTG in Brooklyn

  In October, I had the great good fortune of meeting up with other grantmakers and citizen leaders in Brooklyn, New York, at the annual On the Ground gathering of the Grassroots Grantmakers network. We shared stories of community change rooted deeply in the dreams and efforts of people right where they live. We visited environmental, place-making, and social justice projects throughout Brooklyn whose organizers found support from And we discussed strategies we used back home in our own[...]

October 18, 2015

Jane's Walk, with a Viennese twist!

by Denise

April 30, 2015

Five tips for enjoying a Jane's Walk

by Greg

April 28, 2015

New festival in an ancient city

by Alice

You can't opt out of geography

Daniel Rotsztain
April 27, 2015
by Sameer
April 26, 2015

Lakeside picnic: A stroll through the ”Between the Lakes” area in Cluj-Napoca

What does a Jane's Walk planned for Cluj-Napoca, Romania have in common with a Tarkovsky film? The walk organizer explains

Photos of the "Between the Lakes" area by Tiberiu Ciolacu. Two weeks ago, during a coffee break, I was reading a Romanian architecture magazine, and I found out about the Jane's Walk festival. Since I'm tackling the idea of translating her book The Death and Life of American Cities into Romanian, I thought to myself that this event could act as a kind of preface to the Romanian version of the book.  And, since the city of Cluj is becoming more and[...]

April 24, 2015

Discovering Manila on foot

by Arndis

April 17, 2015

Walking as Public Engagement

by Zainab

April 14, 2015

Getting from "yeah" to "yes"

by Sameer

You can't opt out of geography

Daniel Rotsztain
March 20, 2015

“You can't opt out of geography”

Artist, urban geographer and walk leader Daniel Rotsztain examines how Toronto’s landscape, especially its river systems, shapes the lives of its inhabitants

A geomancy map reading in progress. Photo by R.C. Stills. Geomancy, Fortune Telling with Maps, is a practice I developed to invite consideration on how our lives are affected by Toronto’s landscape. It goes deep into place-based identity, inviting reflection on how topography, ecology, history, cardinal orientation, infrastructure and the grid affect our existence and well-being.   For example: The Don River affects a lot of Torontonians, the same way the train tracks we pass over and under every day, the[...]

March 16, 2015

Stories from a Debut City

by Greg

March 11, 2015

The view from here

by Nadia

You can't opt out of geography

Daniel Rotsztain
January 26, 2015

Share a City Builder Soundwalk or Photowalk

Our friends at the Centre for City Ecology would love for you to contribute an online record of the experience of walking your city -- here's how

  As anyone who has been on a Jane’s Walk can attest, the experience of walking in the city – the sights, sounds, smells, interactions, and emotions you experience while moving through urban space – shapes the story that you know and tell about your city. It shapes how we feel about a place, which in turn shapes how we interact with that place, and how we share ideas and reflections about that place with others. It’s these stories –[...]

September 9, 2014

Jane's Walk at Future of Places Conference

by André

May 5, 2014

Vienna's first Jane's Walks

by Andreas

You can't opt out of geography

Daniel Rotsztain
April 30, 2014
by Patricia
April 27, 2014

The Walking Diaries: Lissa M. Cowan, Author

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: Lissa M. CowanAuthor Lissa M. Cowan is an author, storyteller strategist and writing coach. When she’s not holed up at her desk you can most likely find her in a Toronto cafe working on one of her stories or book ideas, or walking—of course. You can also find her on Twitter at @lissacowan. When's your favourite time to go for a walk? I love to walk in the early morning before rush hour when the city is peaceful and[...]

April 25, 2014

Inspirations for Your Walk

by Justin

April 22, 2014

Just Look Up!

by Lauren

You can't opt out of geography

Daniel Rotsztain
March 26, 2014

Jane's Walk in 6 minutes and 40 seconds

Pecha Kucha + Jane's Walk = a lot of work, but New Westminster's Mary Wilson rose to the challenge

Deciding to introduce Jane’s Walks to my city, New Westminster, and volunteering to be City Organizer for the inaugural year – well, that’s taking on a lot.  How, I wondered, was I going to get the word out to my community, explaining and promoting these walks? Then the local Pecha Kucha organizers came calling. They targeted me as one of their “victims” for an upcoming Pecha Kucha event.  Perfect timing. I knew exactly, of course, what my presentation topic would[...]

March 19, 2014

Hello from Tokyo, Japan!

by Doug

You can't opt out of geography

Daniel Rotsztain
March 5, 2014
by Nadia
February 26, 2014

Hello from Puebla, Mexico!

Puebla, Mexico is holding Jane's Walks for the first time this year. Learn a bit about our city.

Can you imagine a colonial city blended with a modern city? Well, the result is a city like Puebla. Our city was founded in 1531. The Historic Centre of Puebla was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.  Puebla is situated about 100 km east of Mexico City (the capital of the country), at the foot of the Popocatepetl volcano. It has preserved its great religious structures -- such as the Puebla Cathedral, which was built in the 16th[...]

February 18, 2014

Walking to School

by Nadia

January 29, 2014

Watch: EveryBody Walk! Summit videos

by Claire

January 24, 2014

Manhattan skyline drawn from memory

by Josh

You can't opt out of geography

Daniel Rotsztain
December 5, 2013

From our archives: The Jane Jacobs Audio Tour!

This audio walking tour is free to the general public and can be downloaded and listened to at any time. It features the voices of Max Allen, Bobbi Speck, Amanda McConnell, Katherine Govier, Katherine Gildner, Jack Batten, students at University of Toronto Schools and Jane Jacobs herself.

The Annex is one of Toronto's most storied neighbourhoods. Its tree-lined streets have inspired writers and artists, its old houses have watched as wave after wave of immigrants from all over the world passed through, and over the decades, generations of people have loved to both live in the Annex and visit it. One of the Annex's most famous residents was urban thinker and writer Jane Jacobs. Jacobs, who moved to the neighbourhood in 1968 from New York City and[...]

You can't opt out of geography

Daniel Rotsztain