For many of us, we reside in a given community often for a long period of time. But what do we know about its history, roots and what makes it tick? Legendary urban thinker, writer and activist Jane Jacobs wanted to change all this and enable residents to gain a greater appreciation for the neighbourhoods they live in.
Jane championed a fresh, community-based approach to city building. She helped leaders in New York City and Toronto abandon their automobile-centric plans in favour of higher density cities where local businesses could flourish. Jane was also a strong proponent for residents having a strong voice in deciding the fate of their communities.
The creation of Jane’s Walk
After Jane’s death in 2006, a number of her friends and colleagues in Toronto created the concept of a walk to honour her and keep alive her legacy and ideas about the importance of a community mindset, and so was born Jane’s Walk.
They are meant to provide residents with an opportunity to get out, meet your neighbours and community leaders and learn more about your community, all of which can contribute to a greater appreciation and commitment to the area you call home.
Jane believed in the importance of walkable neighbourhoods, urban literacy, and cities planned for and by people. She firmly believed that a city could only function effectively if the people who lived there were involved in decisions about its growth and operation.
Jane’s Walk Aldershot with Leslie Bullock
If you’re interested in learning more about the community of Aldershot, its history and some of the key landmarks and establishments in the area, former City Councillor and a realtor with RE/MAX Garden City Realty Inc. Brokerage, Leslie Bullock will be leading a walk on Saturday May 2nd at 11a.m.
Titled “Brighton Beach and Beyond”, this walk will start on the Waterfront Trail in Aldershot and will then proceed to a number of important sites in the area.
These will include the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Royal Botanical Gardens, Brighton Beach community (also known as Willow Cove) and the historic Easterbrooks hot dog stand. This particular Jane’s Walk will end at the Woodland Cemetery on Spring Gardens Road where participants will learn about the interesting history of this landmark.
You can learn more about the Jane’s Walk in Aldershot or find out about other walks in the Burlington area that may be of interest to you. You can also learn more about Jane Jacobs and the origins and purpose behind Jane’s Walk by checking out their website. Happy walking - and learning!