We received a press release from Regina Urban Ecology the other day saying that the organization will be hosting the sixth annual Jane’s Walk in Regina on Friday May 2 to Sunday May 4. We’ve blogged on this event several times in the past, but here’s an excerpt from the press release explaining the rationale behind the event:
Jane’s Walk is a street-level celebration of the legacy of Jane Jacobs, an urbanist and activist whose writings championed a fresh, community-based approach to city building. Jacobs believed that walking should be at the heart of transportation in cities and championed the interests of local residents and pedestrians over a car-centered approach to planning. Through the simple act of walking together and discussing what makes a neighbourhood, Jane’s Walk helps knit people together into strong and resourceful communities.
What Regina Urban Ecology is doing now is rounding up a group of volunteers who would be interested in hosting a walk on that weekend. Again, here’s an excerpt from the press release explaining what would be involved:
We are inviting you to lead a tour in an area where you live, work or play. It simply involves planning a route, thinking through the stories, places and people you want to hear about and discuss, then walking participants through it – you decide what’s important. You can also share the guiding duties with a few other resourceful friends or colleagues. Jane’s Walk is meant to be fun and participatory – everyone’s got a story and they’re usually keen to share it.
If this sounds like something you’d be interested in doing you can contact organizers here or through email at email@example.com.
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