Organized Walks

Personal Exploration
Toronto + Waterloo Region

Canadian-based Jane’s Walk is a movement of free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs. Jacob’s work privileged the pedestrian through the investigation of design features that fostered a lively street life, compelled by her belief that foot traffic is what makes an interesting place (Mary Soderstrom).

Over the years I’ve participated in many Jane’s Walks along with other organized walks including Doors Open walking tours, Shawn Micallef’s prescribed Strolls, Discovery Walks, Murmur Walks, and Stroll Walking Tours. These walks disregard the fastest route and participants are actively dedicated to the journey rather than the destination. The most stimulating walks prove to be those which do not have a prescribed route for participants to follow. From here, I started to understand how various methods of moving through the city can stimulate active observation and awareness of place.