Celebrate the legacy of urban activist Jane Jacobs by joining one of the many Jane’s Walks being held in the East End on Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8. Jacobs was a firm believer in the importance of neighbourhoods and she encouraged local residents to take part in the planning and development of their surroundings. Jane’s Walks take you through those neighbourhoods.
On Saturday, May 7, Mix It Up in Taylor Massey! will explore the Dawes Road and Danforth area. Led by members of the Taylor Massey Neighbourhood Associations, the Taylor Massey Action for Neighbourhood Change, and AccessPoint on Danforth, the walk begins at 40 Teesdale Place at 10:30 a.m.
Another Saturday walk looks at The Other Danforth: The Life and Death of Upper Midway, led by Stephen Wickens. Find out how the Danforth area around Coxwell and Woodbine Avenues began to develop in the 1920s. Meet at Wise Guys, 2301 Danforth Ave. at Oak Park at 2 p.m.
Historical Scarborough begins at the southeast corner of Kingston Road and Victoria Park Avenue on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. and ends at Kingston Road and Danforth Avenue. Marko Oinonen will guide you past classic store fronts, old streetcar line remains, art deco construction and more.
On Sunday, May 8, Beach Metro News history columnist Gene Domagala hosts Women of Distinction, Village of East Toronto, Then and Now. Explore the history of the Main and Gerrard Street area and hear about the many influential women who shaped the village’s past. Meet at Community Centre 55, 97 Main St., at 1 p.m.
For more information about these and other Jane’s Walks in the city, visit www.janeswalk.net.