Jane’s walks take place on the first weekend of May. They are free neighbourhood walking tours that help put people in touch with their environment and with each other. The first walks took place in 2007 and since then they have grown in numbers each year and now take place around the globe. This year over 30 walks will be taking place in Calgary. You can find out the complete listing of walks on the Calgary Foundation website.
The walks are a way to celebrate the legacy of Jane Jacobs (1916 – 2006), an urban writer and activist who championed new, community-based approaches to planning for over 40 years. Her 1961 treatise, The Death and Life of Great American Cities became perhaps the most influential American text about the inner workings and failings of cities, inspiring generations of urban planners and activists.
The walk in the community of Brentwood will start at the front of the Nose Hill Library at approximately 10:0 a.m. on Saturday May 5th and will last about 1 ½ hours. The walk is called The Library as Neighbour: Past, Present and Future. Calgary Public Library is celebrating 100 years of service in this city so the walk will feature some stories from the past. Libraries and their wonderful treasurers play an important role in the community. We hope you will join us to share your stories and to visit our newest “Little Free Library” in Brentwood. The walk will end at the library and you will be welcome to join in some refreshments and a time to visit.