Jane’s Walks Kingston 2023 Schedule

The Museum of Health Care is proud to participate in this year’s Jane’s Walks!

The Museum’s wildly popular Sick City: Unlocking the Secrets of Kingston’s Medical History outdoor guided tour is included in this year’s schedule, running Saturday, May 6 at 1pm. There is no cost. Registration is not required. Walks run rain or shine.

With 17 different tours to choose from, there is something for everyone in this year’s Jane’s Walks!

What are Jane’s Walks?

The weekend of walks in Kingston is named after Jane Jacobs, a writer, a community activist and an urbanist who championed the voices of everyday people in neighbourhood planning and city-building.  Jane Jacobs is best known for her book titled – The Death and Life of Great American Cities – in which she turned conventional planning on its head and focussed on cities made for ordinary people.  She moved from New York City to Toronto in 1968 and subsequently published six more books.  She is remembered for a number of ideas such as “eyes on the street” by which protection and security is gained by having pedestrian traffic on the street at all times of the day and designing buildings to that they have a visibility of the street.  She died in 2006 but is remembered each spring on the first weekend in May which is the weekend closest to her birthday.  It encourages people to share stories about their neighbourhoods, discover unseen aspects of their communities, and use walking as a way to connect with their neighbours.

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