“No one can find what will work for our cities by looking at … suburban garden cities, manipulating scale models, or inventing dream cities. You’ve got to get out and walk.”
How do we get people involved in designing their dream community?
Real communities grow organically, and over time. You have to let it happen, nurture great ideas, wrestle with troublesome ones, and be a catalyst for positive change.
If there is a template, it goes something like this:
Jane’s Walk began in 2007 as a tribute to the urban thinker and writer, Jane Jacobs. It has grown to become an international annual celebration of the diversity and strength of communities. Held around the first weekend of May, each Jane’s Walk is led by a community leader with a story to tell.
Here are some of the groups involved in community action.
Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition
The Ontario Greenbelt Alliance is a watchdog and defender of Ontario’s innovative Greenbelt. Their vision is to make the Greenbelt a valuable and permanent part of Ontario’s landscape. The Alliance is coordinated by Environmental Defence.
Transition Towns are community-led processes that seek to help a community make a voluntary and proactive change to a post-carbon society. Good fun, and a great organizers handbook. To view a list compiled by Google of Ontario-based Transition Towns, click here.
The Natural Step