Jane’s Walk + Tommy Guns
Saturday was a beautiful day to take part in two Jane’s Walks to learn more about Calgary + urban development. How do submachine guns fit in? Well read on!
My Alberta social coordinator + buddy Michelle gave me the heads up about all the Jane’s Walk festivities happening last weekend. Jane’s Walk is to help educate the public about, “walkable neighbourhoods, urban literacy, cities planned for and by people”. The walks are usually held on the first weekend of May to celebrate Jane Jacob’s birthday. Jane Jacobs was a writer, activist + mother who’s ideas + concepts about urban planning has influenced countless great minds of today.
She spearheaded the campaign against a freeway that would have gone straight through Washington Square Park – changing New York as we know it today. Her book, “The Death and Life of Great American Cities” speaks about the usability of a city, creation of high pedestrian traffic – which all leads to a vibrant community of people living together – not detached from one another. I need to get down with this book.
They weren’t mentioned on the tour – I did my own sleuthing!
Man, it actually got HOT!!! Here we are in front of Hughes’ House Bed + Breakfast.
First tour completed, Michelle + I took a lunch break + then met up with Jeff for the next walk! The second Jane’s walk was a COMPLETELY different experience! Set in the neighborhood of Inglewood, it was led by Calgary city counselor Gian-Carlo Carra, who brought his toddler along for the walk!
Gian-Carlo’s voice was 70% louder than the previous tour guide’s. And he was 175% more charismatic. His walk was more based on Jane Jacob’s philosophies + teachings, as opposed to the history of the area. He took us to Inglewood’s art spaces + community gathering centers.
Jeff was loving Gian-Carlo with his passionate love for his community + it turned into a campaign speech of sorts. I was hot, tired, dehydrated + burnt out! Stick a fork in me, I’m done! Michelle went off to go see Iron Man 3. Jeff + I walked over to his friend’s gun shop down the street.
As the armorer (person in charge of firearms on set) of Hell on Wheels, Brian has a huge collection of guns + he gave us a tour of his collection! Here’s a couple of Russian guns in the workshop.
We thanked Brian + met up with one of the new cast members of Hell on Wheels for dinner in Kensington. Who’s the new cast member??? I’m not telling!!!!!
A long day, I learned so much about Jane Jacobs, historic tidbits about Calgary + walked + saw so many cool things that I would have never had known existed! Jane’s Walk – check it out in your city!