No pick of the day today, just a heads up about the fourth annual Jane’s Walk that goes May 5-6 in Regina.

I’ve posted on this event before, noting how it was inspired by the theories of the late Toronto and New York-based urban planner Jane Jacobs on the value of designing walkable neighbourhoods to allow people to connect with each other and their surroundings instead of just bombing around in hermetically-sealed metal/plastic/glass shells ie motor vehicles.

With this event, which originated in Toronto in 2007, and is now held in dozens of cities across North America and Europe, residents volunteer to lead walking tours of neighbourhoods to highlight unique aspects of their history, architecture and overall importance in their community.

The tours are free, and take place at different times of the day, so it’s possible to take in a number of them over the course of the weekend.

If you visit this link you’ll find a schedule of the tours that will be happening in Regina. In the advance publicity I received from Jane’s Walk organizers, four walks were cited: Martin Gourlie provides a look back in time at the town of North Regina; Dennie Fornwald returns to give her midnight walk in the Heritage community; Conservationist Jim Elliott explores the natural and built history around Wascana Lake; and James Hoffman returns to host his very popular tour of historic Germantown.