Jane’s Walk 2016: We Make The City | We Make The Tour

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My Jane’s Walk this year offers something completely different. Participants will collaborate to design and lead the tour. We’ll start with a short meeting at Centennial Square, where you are invited to suggest sites to visit. We’ll pore 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 which 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 theme of this walk – the radically democratic idea that we make the city around us every day.

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?

We’ll start planning the walk at the Centennial Square Fountain at 6:00 pm on Friday, May 6, 2016. Where we go after that is up to you.

This tour is inspired by a tour I facilitated in 2012 as part of the City Walks series.

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