Join Jane’s Walk events on May 5-6 in Vancouver

Vancouver, "get out and walk" this weekend

Long time readers of City Caucus will know that we pray at the altar of walkability here. Some of our early posts have taken strong positions on pedestrian-friendly urban design, strong anti-urban sprawl viewpoints and the promotion of walking to school. This weekend Jane's Walk returns to Vancouver, providing a veritable menu of pedestrian activity. Participants will be able to explore locations downtown, and on the east and west sides of our city. Your guides will include urbanist and City Caucus contributor Gord Price, historian John Atkins and even yours truly, though my skills as neighbourhood raconteur pale in comparison to those gentlemen.

The Vancouver organizer of Jane's Walk is a well-known urban thinker and contributor to Spacing Vancouver named Yuri Artibise. It was him that got me involved in this weekend's events. On Saturday, May 5th & Sunday, May 6th, thousands of people in metro Vancouver and around the world will take to the street to answer Jane Jacobs’ famous call to “get out and walk". Yuri took up the challenge for the Vancouver area, and to build upon the success of previous Jane's Walks.

My walk, it should come as no surprise to readers, focuses on Fraser Street at the geographic heart of the city. I've titled the walk "Fraser Street: Past, Present and Future" and I'll be combining historical information with a conversation of where this important former streetcar thoroughfare is headed.

Jane's Walk Vancouver: MapJane's Walk Vancouver ( provides the following description of the event.

The 6th annual Jane’s Walk is a chance to explore metro Vancouver’s neighbourhoods with fresh eyes and curious mind. This year in Vancouver, there will be a special focus on learning what makes’ our neighbourhoods unique.

Created in 2007 in Toronto by friends of the urban thinker Jane Jacobs, the free, volunteer-led urban walks have grown exponentially from 27 walks the first year to over 500 walks around the world – from Burnaby to Brisbane and Sao Paulo to Surrey – in over 75 cities and 16 countries. 

Walks are as varied as the people taking part, and they create the time and space for people to connect, share, and develop ideas about where their communities and cities are at and where they are headed.

Ask yourself – what kind of Jane’s Walker are you? From the Curious who wants to get behind the scenes, the Green at Heart, the Urban Gardener, the friendly Neighbour, the Aesthete roaming the open-air urban museum, the Active moving about the city and the Citizen fascinated by the past and future of the city, its public space and institutions, there are walks for all city-lovers.

For those who just can't get enough Jane Jacobs, here's a little video of the world famous urbanist and author just after her arrival in Canada. This clip is from an old CBC program and focuses on her thoughts about Toronto and Montreal circa 1969.

Find detailed walks at, look out for posters with walk details in local shops, select favourites on the free iPhone app and get out and walk on Saturday May 5th and Sunday May 6th!

If you wish to join me on the Fraser Street walk, meet us in front of Starbucks at 4588 Fraser Street @ East 29th Avenue, this Sunday at 1pm. We'll walk for about 2 hours and take a break to chat at the funky Matchstick Coffee Roasters located at 15th Avenue.

– post by Mike

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  • Mira

    What a nice, stylish,well spoken, compassionate, realistic, down to earth she was!
    Thanks for keeping her memory alive. We needed that in this city. Thanks Mike!

  • skaur

    I find it pretty hypocritical that Yuri Artibase, the organizer of Vancouver’s Jane’s Walk, spoke in favor of the RIZE development. I’m pretty sure Jane would have been insulted by this. Just ask her son.

  • Michelle S of Mt Pleasant

    Here, here! Skaur, but then again unfortunatly this seems to be the Vision legacy, the creation of a pool of hypocrites and greedy individuals who do not respect community or the greater needs of a society.

    Their ‘Vision’ answer is to build up and ugly and to hell with the ramifications it will leave for future generations because all the Visionista’s will be retired with the greased palms moola from their Developer ‘friends’ and big fat pensions,.

    You think they care what happens to the hard working tax payers?…….I pity the fools that voted for Vision, they had 3 years to realise what a mess they were making of our great City and yet they chose to subject us to 3 more years of this crap by voting for them again! I curse them and all the apathetic and complacent citizens who did not vote for the 6 years of crap they have now subjected me to!

    The Greenest City by 2020 LMAO…….I think Gregor meant the greenest bank account.

  • Michelle S of Mt Pleasant

    Just wanted to add Jane Jacobs is my hero, an unselfish thinker, a positive role model and a woman dedicated to community and development that respected all.

    Yuri, you should be embarrassed and ashamed to front such a respectful endeavour and yet voted for a project (Rize) that I have no doubt Jane would have been completely oppossed to for a handful of valid reasons.

  • The Thought of The Night

    “Shall I?”

    Great Memento for Jane.
    Mother’s Day is around the corner.
    She’ll be surely missed!

    “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?
    Thou art more lovely and more temperate.
    Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
    And summer’s lease hath all too short a date.
    Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
    And often is his gold complexion dimmed;
    And every fair from fair sometime declines,
    By chance, or nature’s changing course, untrimmed;
    But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
    Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow’st,
    Nor shall death brag thou wand’rest in his shade,
    When in eternal lines to Time thou grow’st.
    So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
    So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.”
    Sonet 18 – Will The Bard

    We live in Vancouver and this keeps us busy.

    • Ned

      That was… beautiful, man! I hope her son could read this!

    • West End Gal

      For Mother’s day? What a great idea!
      That was sweet Glissy!
      I completely forgot how nice Shakespeare’s poems really were…
      Thank you, thank you, thank you! 🙂

    • Richard Unger

      My dearest boy,

      This does it! You have to come out from under your pseudonym. Doctor – Poet/ Writer privilege, you can rest assured!
      These few verses, took me back six decades, to my Literature class – British Bards (or “Bastards” how we liked to call them – for it was no easy task to memorize entire poems of theirs… yes, think about what they do now in class)

      What a nice memento for Jane, and for all of us to remember our moms. Thanks goes to Mr. Klassen for a well inspired comment and … walk!

      Richard Unger MD (Ret)

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  • You continue to amaze Glissy!