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May 3, 2007
Mayor Miller Proclaims May 4 Jane Jacobs Day Commemorative walk planned for May 5
Mayor David Miller has proclaimed May 4, 2007 as “Jane Jacobs Day” in Toronto.

Mayor Miller’s proclamation notes that until her death in 2006, Jane Jacobs inspired and taught the world how to understand and value our cities, almost single-handedly transforming our ideas about urban life.

“As a writer, outspoken urban activist, a philosopher of everyday life and an innovator, her work brought into focus the idea that cities are engines of growth whose vitality stems from the variety of activities people engage in,” continued Mayor Miller. “She taught us about eyes on the street and that walkable, dense, compact and diverse neighbourhoods were the hallmarks of a healthy and prosperous city.”

In honour of Jane Jacobs, Toronto’s foremost urban thinker and activist, the first annual ‘Jane’s Walk’ will be held in neighbourhoods throughout the city on May 5. Each walk will feature a tour guide who can speak knowledgeably about the neighbourhood and will highlight the people, places, and public spaces that make that particular community interesting and unique.

‘Jane’s Walk’ is an exceptional opportunity for Torontonians to discover the city; both places they think they know well and those they want to explore.

Details on the walks can be found at

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years Toronto has won more than 50 awards for quality and innovation in delivering public services. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Suzanne Kulperger, Jane’s Walk 2007, 416-879-7481
Stuart Green, Office of the Mayor, 416-338-7106



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