Discover Regina’s Vibrant Neighbourhoods
in Annual Urban Walk-fest
Jane’s Walks connect residents with city and each other
On May 5th and 6th, hundreds of Reginans will take to the streets for their fourth annual Jane’s Walk, a series of free neighbourhood walking tours that explore our collective history, architecture, planning and personalities. The last three year’s walks have seen more than 30 walks across the city.
Celebrating the legacy of Jane Jacobs, the foremost urban thinker of our times, Jane’s Walk inspires citizens to get to know their city and each other by getting out and walking. Jacobs famously declared that walkable, diverse and mixed used neighborhoods are the hallmark of a healthy city and its people. Her most celebrated work, ‘The Death and Life of Great American Cities’, has influenced generations of urban designers and has been continuously in print since 1961!
“For Jane Jacobs, the best way to get to know the city and the neighbours was on foot,” says Jane Farrow, executive director of Jane’s Walk. “Jacobs encouraged everyone to just get out and look around, to walk the sidewalks and talk about what they thought needed to happen to make their neighbourhood better.”
Jane’s Walk is a thriving Toronto innovation that has gone global. Last year, cities in nine countries participated, offering hundreds of tours to thousands of walkers. This year along with Regina, partnerships include Edmonton, Montreal, Saskatoon, Swift Current, and Jane’s Walk continues to expand internationally with walks scheduled in Singapore, Amsterdam, and Madrid.
In Regina, volunteer tour guides customize their tours with personal stories, local perspectives and insider information to help bridge social and geographic gaps and create a space for Regina to discover itself. They cover everything from the everyday to the extraordinary. This year we are pleased to welcome our youngest guides yet! On Sunday April 29, 2012, one week before the official Jane’s Walk weekend, the Cathedral Sparks (Girl Guides) will be leading a walk in their neighbourhood to talk about the places that are important to them.
On May 5th and 6th you’ll find walks including:
• Martin Gourlie providing a look back in time at the town of North Regina;
Dennie Fornwald returning to give her midnight walk in the Heritage community;
• Conservationist Jim Elliott exploring the natural and built history around Wascana Lake;
• And James Hoffman returning to host his very popular tour of historic Germantown.
For a complete list of walks and times, go to www.janeswalk.net
Regina’s Jane’s Walk is organized and presented by Regina Urban Ecology with many community partners (www.reginaurbanecology.wordpress.com).
About Jane Jacobs
Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was an urbanist and activist whose writings championed a fresh, community-based approach to city building. She had no formal training as a planner, and yet her 1961 best-seller, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, introduced ground-breaking ideas about how cities function, evolve and fail that are now common sense to today’s architects, planners, politicians and activists. Foremost is her simple yet revolutionary idea that dense, mixed use neighborhoods are the key to the health and survival of a city.
About Jane’s Walk
Jane’s Walk cultivates a broad understanding of how cities – their economies, neighbourhoods, communities, and institutions – organically develop and thrive. It works to advance walkable neighbourhoods, to increase urban literacy and promote neighbourhood cohesion, civic engagement and leadership.
PRESS AND PHOTOS of previous year’s Jane’s Walks are available upon request or at
Laura Pfeifer, Regina Organizer