Jane’s Walk is a movement of free, volunteeer-led walking conversations inspired by Jane Jacobs. It encourages people to share stories about their neighbourhoods, discover unseen aspects of their communities, and use walking as a way to connect with their neighbours.
Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was a writer, urbanist and activist who championed the voices of everyday people in neighbourhood planning and city-building. The annual Jane’s Walk takes place the first weekend in May (close to Jane Jacobs’ birthday on May 4th).
Her first book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961), challenged the ideas of modernist city planning and offered a new vision of diverse cities made for and by the people who live in them.
Jane’s Walk was founded in 2006 as a living, walking commemoration of Jane and her legacy. Ten years later, in 2016, over 1,000 Jane’s Walks took place in 212 cities around the world, spanning 36 countries and 6 continents.
No one can find what will work for our cities by looking at … suburban garden cities, manipulating scale models, or inventing dream cities. You’ve got to get out and walk.
– Jane Jacobs
Since 2012, Jane’s Walk in Saskatoon has been coordinated by a small volunteer planning committee. We provide this website for anyone who wants to lead a walk, or join one or more walks being offered free of charge.
Committee members also respond to email inquiries, promote the walks to encourage participation, and act as co-hosts with walk leaders.
We look forward to seeing you at a walk in 2018!