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Jane’s Walk Edmonton – Rhonda Jessen.com

Jane’s Walk Edmonton

This post was published in a different Word Press blog because my blog was down for the last month.

This year I took part in two different Jane’s Walks in Edmonton. Jane’s Walks take place every year during the first week of May to honour the memory of urban advocate Jane Jacobs.

On Friday I was there when Ian Hosler kicked things off for Jane’s Walks in Edmonton on the steps of City Hall.
Janes Walk #Yeg Kick Off

Then David Holsworth, a heritage planner with the City of Edmonton took us on a tour of downtown heritage buildings.
David Holdsworth Jane's Walk Edmonton

He took us down 97t street, from the back of the court house to Jasper Avenue. I learned that 97th street was the original downtown strip, the first businesses were built there after the government took back control of Rupert’s Land from the fur trading companies.

David talked about buildings from the perspective of how people interact with them, mostly on street level, pointing out that most people never go inside buildings.I started to look beyond how a building looked to how contributed to life at street level. He also talked about the history of the area, and the many different ways that the city works to preserve historical buildings. It was a great way to spend my lunch hour.

On Saturday the girls and I joined Ian Hosler for Walkable Westmount. The two tours fit together really well. The tour on Friday covered an area between the North West Company fort and the river. The tour on Saturday picked up where the fort ended at 121st street.
Ian Hosler introduces Walkable Westmount Jane's Walk

Ian started at Westglen school and his tour took in several different playgrounds so the kids had a great time.
At the  Westglen School Playground
I learned about this history of the development of the west end, and the neighbourhoods of Westmount, Grout Estates and Inglewood.

With all the kids surrounding him, Ian looked like the Pied Piper.

an Hosler leading Walkable Westmount

There were at least 55 people on the walk, cars were stopped for a long time when we crossed intersections.
Janes Walk Walkable Westmount

I loved learning about Edmonton’s history, especially the history of my neighbourhood. My favourite piece of trivia is that the park on 124th Street and 108th Avenue where the market sets up is that shape because it is where the trolly cars used to turn around.

 Trolly Car turn around on 124 Street

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