Laneways in Bloor West Village – Jane’s Walk

Sunday May 3, 2015
10am – 11:30amish
Starting point: Neil Mclellan Park (across from Runnymede Subway station)
Walk leader: Dianne Bradley

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What’s a Jane’s Walk?
Jane’s Walks are free, locally organized walking tours, in which people get together to explore, talk about and celebrate their neighbourhoods. Where more traditional tours are a bit like walking lectures, a Jane’s Walk is more of a walking conversation. Leaders share their knowledge, but also encourage discussion and participation among the walkers.

Did you know that Toronto has 2400 Lane ways?  Should we begin to look at  laneways as  more useable space in Toronto?  Come to learn more about  the history of Bloor West Village and its  commercial laneway strip. Help us  brainstorm about the role laneways could play in the neighbourhood.

The walk begins at Neil Mclellan Park across from the Runnymede Subway station and traverses the laneways and parkettes behind the vital retail area on the north side of Bloor Street.  Learn about the history of Bloor West Village, the building of the Bloor-Danforth subway and its impact on the neighbourhood and the current growth of development and intensification in the area.   Laneways are an untapped resource in Toronto.  We want to explore with you the potential of laneways as shared spaces for walkers, cyclists and cars,  greening of laneways, transforming them into vibrant communal spaces, potential for housing with appropriate zoning,  We want to start the conversation in Bloor West Village.  How can we harness the potential and transform laneways as multi-purpose communal spaces?

Come with your ideas.

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