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Jane’s Walks to stroll through Wildwood

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A Wildwood couple is excited to show off the neigbourhood they’ve been living in for 40 years during the seventh annual Jane’s Walks.  
From May 4 to 5, there are 17 different Jane’s Walk tours that Winnipeg residents can participate in. Jane’s Walk events celebrate the ideas and legacy of Jane Jacobs, an American journalist and celebrated urbanist and activist who believed in building walkable and vibrant cities. She moved to Toronto in 1968 after being arrested for inciting a riot at a public hearing for an expressway in Lower Manhattan.
The walks started after Jacobs passed away in 2007 in Toronto but has spread all over Canada and the world.  
"So Jane’s Walks are a number of tours that happen in neighbourhoods across the city," said Matt Carreau, organizer of the Winnipeg walks. "They encourage residents to take time to think about their city and their neighbourhoods and think about issues that are important to them."
Two of the walks will be in Fort Rouge and the ‘Wander through Wildwood: Discover Radburn in Winnipeg’ is in Fort Garry. Bob and Sue Piper will be hosting the Wildwood walk through a neighbourhood they’ve watched grow and change.
"There are only five different house models," said Bob. "But through the years there have been additions added on. During the walk we’ll point out the five different models that haven’t been changed."
Bob has been heavily involved in the Wildwood community for many years and has hosted many walks through the neighbourhood.
"It’s designed on a Radburn concept set up in New Jersey many years ago," said Bob. "It’s an interesting concept and an interesting idea of how neighbourhoods can be organized and run."
Wildwood is very different from the standard neighbourhood, even on a map it is shaped differently from the standard residential development.  Consisting of 10 cul-de-sacs, all the homes face a large green space.  
"It’s a great place to raise kids," said Bob. "They never have to cross the street, no traffic and that sort of thing."
All of the walks are free to the public and Carreau hopes there will be lots of participants. For more information on the Jane’s Walks visit www.janeswalk.net


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