Think City Tours 2008

Host Bruce MacdonaldOn May 3 and 4, 2008, Think City celebrated the legacy of community activist and writer Jane Jacobs with a series of free walking tours in neighbourhoods throughout Vancouver. The citizen-led walks were part of a national festival called Jane's Walk, which was launched last year in honour of the reknowned Toronto-based urban thinker.

"Think City Tours brought together citizens, activists and such Vancouver notables as Gordon Price, Annabel Vaughan, John Atkin, Wendy Pederson and Ned Jacobs to lead tours through their neighbourhoods," said Think City Tours coordinator Kim Fleming. "Each guide highlighted the people, places, and public spaces that make that make each Vancouver community unique."

"This event raises urban literacy and builds strong, connected communities by offering a pedestrian-focused event that combines insights into civic history, planning, design and citizen engagement with the simple act of walking and observing," said Fleming. "Our aim with these tours is to inspire and engage citizens to have a say in the health of their communities and to get involved in the development and planning that is taking place there."

"Anyone can apply to be a tour guide, pick any area and be creative," said Fleming. "Think CIty Tours can range from an educational lecture to experiential fun – it all depends on the host."

Think City had 30 walking tours scheduled in many Vancouver neighbourhoods including the West End, Strathcona, the Downtown Eastside, False Creek, Kensington-Cedar Cottage, Hastings Sunrise and Little Mountain.


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