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Jane’s Walk Abbotsford Launch + Film Screening

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Jane’s Walk Abbotsford Launch + Film Screening
May 3, 2019 3:30 pm
April 8, 2019
The Reach Gallery Museum
32388 Veterans Way, Abbotsford

Join us for the launch of Jane’s Walk Abbotsford on Friday, May 3rd from 3:30pm-6pm!

We will hear from our community partners about their experiences with Jane’s Walk Abbotsford and then we will be hosting a FREE film screening of the documentary film Citizen Jane: Battle for the City! Get to know the woman behind Jane’s Walks!


“Citizen Jane: Battle For The City”, 2017
Directed by Matt Tyrnauer
1 hour 32 minutes
Not Rated

“In 1960 Jane Jacobs’s book The Death and Life of Great American Cities sent shock-waves through the architecture and planning worlds, with its exploration of the consequences of modern planners’ and architects’ reconfiguration of cities. Jacobs was also an activist, who was involved in many fights in mid-century New York, to stop “master builder” Robert Moses from running roughshod over the city. This film retraces the battles for the city as personified by Jacobs and Moses, as urbanization moves to the very front of the global agenda. Many of the clues for formulating solutions to the dizzying array of urban issues can be found in Jacobs’s prescient text, and a close second look at her thinking and writing about cities is very much in order. This film sets out to examine the city of today through the lens of one of its greatest champions.”

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Jane’s Walk is a series of free neighbourhood walking tours that helps put people in touch with where they live and with each other by bridging social and geographic gaps and creating space for cities to discover themselves. Since it’s inception in 2007, Jane’s Walk has happened in hundreds of cities around the world. The official global festival weekend is always the first weekend in May but many cities hold walks at other times of the year.

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody,” writes Jacob in her book The Death and Life of Great American Cities.

Jacobs believed in walkable neighbourhoods, urban literacy, and cities planned for and by people. That is, for a city to work, the people who live there must be involved in decisions about how the city grows and is run. Staying informed about civic issues, discovering the diverse layers of urban place, taking part in civic change and growth all help to build a vibrant and evolving city. Abbotsford residents are encouraged to take part in this discussion by conducting or joining in on these planned walks.

Our community partners this year include The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford, Tourism Abbotsford, Downtown Abbotsford, Trethewey House Heritage Site, City of Abbotsford – City Hall, University of the Fraser Valley, and Abbotsford Arts Council.

Walks will include a behind the scenes look at Abbotsford Airport, a Filming in Downtown Abbotsford walk, historic walks of Mount Lehman and Clayburn Village, and natural history walks. There are close to 15 walks on board this year providing participants with a variety of experiences to enjoy. Everyone is encouraged to attend, with more information about the accessibility, themes, and difficulty of the individual walks available at

Anyone can lead a Jane’s Walk and we want to hear from you! Please visit the website or contact City Organizers Connie Hackett or Marianne Fedori at for how you can be involved or join a walk.

Fill out the Walk Leader Form here: