The City Talks III – History, Memory & the Urban Landscape

You are invited to participate in the third in a series of City Walks, presented in partnership with The City Talks. It is partially inspired by Joy Kogawa’s upcoming talk at the Legacy Gallery, on November 22. (Read about previous City Walks at The City Walks I and The City Walks II).

This walk offers something completely different from previous Walks. Participants will collaborate to design and lead the tour. We’ll start with a half hour meeting at Solstice Café, where you are invited to suggest sites to visit. We’ll pour over a map of Downtown Victoria, and decide as a group which sites to visit. Depending on how many people want to participate, and the distance between the sites we’re interested in, we’ll choose between five and ten sites to visit. Then we’ll hit the streets and go to the sites we’ve chosen. At each site, the people who suggested it will tell us why they did so. Then, as a group, we’ll discuss how it fits into the broader themes of this Walk – how history, memory and the urban landscape are connected.

Here are some questions to consider as you think about what site or sites you want to suggest:

  • Are there sites in the Downtown area that are particularly significant to you? Do you associate anywhere Downtown with particular memories? Why?
  • Are there buildings, intersections or monuments Downtown that you think should be preserved? Are there others that you think should be demolished? Why?
  • Do you associate any sites Downtown with other places and/or times? Why?

Our discussion at Solstice Café (529 Pandora Avenue) will start at 10:00 am, on Saturday, November 24, 2012. Where we go after that is up to you. Please ensure you dress for the weather, including comfortable shoes with good soles and rain gear if appropriate.

Pre-registration is encouraged, but not mandatory. Let me know through the comments on this blog post, on Facebook or by email ( whether you’ll be able to join us.

This research was supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council.

This walk presented in partnership with The City Talks and the Committee for Urban Studies, and created through graduate coursework in the History Department at The University of Victoria.

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