This past weekend, I set out with members of our community on a Jane’s Walk in Toronto-St. Paul’s. Called “The Steps Above Old Lake Iroquois,” our walk focused on the First Peoples and the early settlers in our riding, and taught us about the history of the sites along Davenport. Did you know that Davenport Road was originally a portage in between the Humber and the Don Rivers?
Jane’s Walk is truly one of the most incredible grassroots initiatives born out of Toronto. Jane Jacobs was a former resident of Toronto, a lover of, and self-taught expert on livable cities. She was also a personal hero of mine. After she passed away in 2006, Jane’s Walk was founded in Toronto by a group of her friends and colleagues who wanted to honour her passion for cities. Now in their tenth year, ‘Jane’s Walk’ is a now world-wide movement of free, citizen-led walking tours. Anyone can lead one and share stories about their communities, and connect with neighbours along the way. “Neighbourliness,” as Jane dubbed it, is so important—it is what creates a strong sense of community within a big city.
I hope you all had a chance to partake in a Jane’s Walk, and if not, I hope you will next year! For more information, visit www.janeswalk.org