Jane’s Walk 2014

Jane's Walk 2014Jane’s Walk is named after the late urban theorist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006). With roots in both the U.S. and Canada, Jacobs was one of the first “big picture” planner-types to question the direction of urban growth in the the post-WWII period where the mass market popularity of motor vehicles led to sprawling suburbs that raised all sorts of questions related to sustainable development and human health and well-being.

To help reconnect people with street-life Jane’s Walk was started in Toronto in 2007. It consists of guided walking tours of select neighbourhoods, where people learn about their status today, and how they’ve evolved over the years. It’s since spread to cities across North America and around the world. Thanks to the efforts of Regina Urban Ecology and other community partners in Regina, we’ve had a walk here for six years now.

You can find out more about Jane’s Walk 2014 here. Some of the walks that have been confirmed include: Marci Brisbourne on the past, present, and future of Coronation Park. Sharon Pratchler on opportunities to green Regina’s urban landscape — from vegetable gardens to green alleys. Conservationist Jim Elliott explores the natural and built history around Wascana Lake. Ross Herrington and Brian Wagner share stories of 14th Ave. from 1910-1930. Bike Regina hosts their 3rd annual Jane’s Bike. Nicole Huck leads a community parade to visit playgrounds in the Heritage neighbourhood. Jon Pradinuk, Jennifer Barrett and Sheri Birkeland discuss past city plans — what was realized, and what was left at the drawing table. Rob Hubick from Heritage Regina leads a walking tour of the Warehouse District (pictured). Spoken word artist Shayna Stock explores poetry and place in downtown Regina.

Author: Gregory Beatty

Greg Beatty is a crime-fighting shapeshifter who hatched from a mutagenic egg many decades ago. He likes sunny days, puppies and antique shoes. His favourite colour is not visible to your inferior human eyes. He refuses to write a bio for this website and if that means Whitworth writes one for him, so be it.

14 thoughts on “Jane’s Walk 2014”

  1. In Regina heritage building business news, there’s a Mediterranean-Shawarma place opening in place of the WTF “we sell baking soda and Oreo cookies when we’re open 2 hours a week” “Downtown Mart” on 11th, between Lorne and Smith. BTW what’s become of that City study recommending the rehabilitation of the Davin Fountain that was found rotting in a city gravel yard?

  2. I wonder if that was an Eaton’s built bus shelter? I matches the main building ,quite well.

  3. The street car tracks aren’t visible in the picture, but I assume that the line ran up and down Broad.

  4. Yes Barb, middle of Broad, we had to walk to the middle of the street to ‘catch’ it. I loved those old street cars, there was an area at the back of the cars for smokers, mainly the old boys, my Mom didn’t allow us to go there. Digging up memories. Would like to see an article on those long lost strret cars……

  5. Toronto still has streetcars, one of the myriad reasons they’re better than us. If you go, make sure you ride one, but better to look like a ‘hood than a tourist if you can’t look like you’ve actually got some place to be.

  6. it matches, holee … Barb missed..?!

    Street car / bus, much better shelters then,than what exists now! That’s progress; #YQRstyle .
    CoR Public Transit.. Simpleton d, . or was it a P3 ?

  7. Thanks for the shout-out Greg! We’re very excited for all of the walks this year!

    Don’t forget Bernie Flaman’s walk around the Victoria Park Heritage Conservation District on Sunday at 10am!

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