Cities Alive breathes life into urban planning

Exploring how citizens can band together to define their vision of their region, city, neighbourhood, or street.

Ross Soward, November 5, 2013

One of the defining traits of Jane Jacobs was her belief in the power of citizens banding together to define their vision of their region, city, neighbourhood or street. Jane Jacobs proved time again in her fights with City Hall in New York and Toronto that citizens had a powerful role in shaping city-planning policy. Jane Jacobs had a unique ability to rally people around planning decisions, topics that are often difficult for people to feel passionate about. In many ways Jane's Walk is designed to get more people to feel passionate about the places where they live, work and play. 

Getting more people to be knowledgeable and literate when it comes to the planning and design of our cities is a key ingredient to being an empowered citizen like Jane Jacobs.

Getting more people to be knowledgeable and literate when it comes to the planning and design of our cities is a key ingredient to being an empowered citizen like Jane Jacobs. The Planning & Design Centre’s new podcast project Cities Alive: Bringing the City to Life with Stories is trying to achieve this goal. Based in Halifax Cities Alive is weaving together stories from across the country to help citizens learn about what is going on at the forefront of urban planning and design.

Cities Alive brings a fresh approach to understanding the places where we live. Our podcast mixes popular music with stories from international experts, respected academics, community change-makers and regular citizens to learn about what makes our cities tick. In the Neighbourhoods episode we explore how Janes Walk is a tool for building stronger neighbourhood identity in Halifax and Winnipeg. We hope you will listen to our pilot episodes Neighbourhoods and Temporary Spaces. Also check out Cities Alive at Pdcetnre.ca/citiesalive or Cities Alive on iTunes, Cities Alive on Facebook and PlanningDesign on Twitter.


Danielle Davis, project coordinator of ‘Cities Alive’ podcast and Ross Soward, Director of Operations with The Planning and Design Centre on Morris Street. The two contributed content to the 30-minute audio docs. (Colin Chisholm)

Ross Soward is part of team at the Planning & Design Centre in Halifax that is working to make Cities Alive part of a National Dialogue about cities, planning and design.

comments powered by Disqus
comments powered by Disqus