Wednesday, April 29, 2009

city walks

Community walks inspired by Jane Jacobs

The Hamilton Spectator, (Apr 29, 2009)

The community spirit of Jane Jacobs is inspiring two neighbourhood walks on the weekend.

Architect Ken Coit will lead a free walking tour of Westdale Saturday at 11 a.m.

Charlie Mattina, who grew up in the James Street North neighbourhood, will lead a tour there Sunday at 1 p.m.

The tours mark Hamilton's first experiences with a program called Jane's Walk, named for urban thinker Jane Jacobs, who wrote about connections between people, buildings and neighbourhoods.

In a Jane's Walk, an organizer leads an informal tour of a neighbourhood, discussing its historical, architectural, social or other characteristics, such as popular shortcuts and local personalities.

Saturday's walk starts at the Westdale branch of the Hamilton Public Library on King Street West. Sunday's starts at the Mixed Media store at James and Cannon streets.

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