“West End Village — Quest for a West End Plan” — WEN to hold Jane’s Walk May 5 and 6

This weekend across Canada and around the world, Jane’s Walks will be hosted by locals in celebration of their own communities. A number of walks will be held in the West End. For West End Neighbours, Liz Carney will lead two walks.

Date: Saturday, May 5, 2012 and Sunday, May 6, 2012
Start Time: 1:00 pm
Est. Duration: 2 hours
Register for Saturday here. Register for Sunday here.
More information about Jane’s Walks in Vancouver: Janes Walks (Vancouver area)

The West End could be a poster child from the pages of famous urbanist Jane Jacobs. The history and development of this cherished area of diversity in a true urban village. Ten by ten square blocks of humanity hum with life and vitality while residents of all ages, backgrounds and cultures live, work, study, relax and welcome the world to Vancouver. As the gatekeepers of Stanley Park and English Bay, West Enders are on the front line of what visitors envy and an example of a densely populated urban community that has captured hearts for over 100 years.

We will discover the roots of the neighbourhood from the early days of wealthy landowners and seaside cottages to the rental building explosion of the 60s and 70s, the advent of condominiums and the challenges of the future. Experience the broad tree lined streets and mix of building style. Learn how community action has supported livability and resulted in mobilizing proud residents on various issues over the years such as traffic calming, prostitution, community gardens, heritage preservation, rental and zoning issues and the current quest for civic respect for existing guidelines and a community plan. The quintessential post card sent around the world of English Bay at Stanley Park encompasses almost 50,000 today and has meaning to millions of others. In our short time together we will share some of these stories.

Several other interesting Janes Walks are planned in the West End and Vancouver. Check them out at the link above.

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