Tag Archives: Jane’s Walks

Trees as Historical Markers and Holders of Memory

Two pine trees and a chapel building in the distance

Krista McCracken There are two pines trees on the front lawn of Algoma University. The trees sit off centre on the east side of the lawn, partially hidden behind the historical Chapel building from the road. To the casual observer these trees might seem relatively ordinary, perhaps a bit oddly placed, but not of any clear significance. The pine trees… Read more »

Walking History: Jane’s Walk in Toronto and Vancouver

68 cities recently took part in Jane’s Walk, an annual weekend of free walking tours honouring the vision of urbanist Jane Jacobs.  Ordinary people, Jacobs argued, can learn about and improve their surroundings by observing their daily environments at street level.  These walks also bring out the histories of place through members of the local community – walk leaders and… Read more »

Active History Announcements – Apr 24 to May 1

The following upcoming events may be of interest to our readers (click here or ‘continue reading’ below for full descriptions): 1) The Ontario Women’s History Network AGM and Conference 2) ActiveHistory.ca partners in running the Black Creek Community Walk 3) Approaching the Past: A series connecting people teaching history – Ruth Sandwell keynote speaker 4) CFP: “We Demand”: History/Sex/Activism In… Read more »

Jane’s Walks: community history tours

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Since 2007 people have come together once a year to celebrate and remember the life of Jane Jacobs by leading or participating in walking tours of their local communities.  As Jacobs argued, walkability is essential for urban communities.  These tours seem to be a truly fitting monument to Jacob’s legacy.  The walks began in Toronto, but have since spread well… Read more »