Jane Farrow specializes in bringing people together for constructive dialogue and creative city-building initiatives. She’s designed, lead and collaborated on a wide range of regional and local projects, including land use and transportation plans, culture strategies, park and public realm designs, walkability and wayfinding strategies, and community development initiatives.
Jane signature approach prioritizes collaboration, transparency and a deepened understanding of the issues at hand so that people can offer informed opinion and direction. Her commitment to openness and clear communication, or ‘urban literacy’ as she terms it, derives from 15 years of experience as a CBC journalist and writer. “A lot of the polarization we see in our communities comes from a lack of well written, concise information. When people have the same data and analysis to work with, the gap in mutual respect and understanding narrows considerably.”
Clients and partners include: Province of Ontario, (Ministry of Transportation, Ministry of Tourism, Culture & Sport), City of Toronto (Planning, PFR, Economic Development), Metrolinx, Toronto Arts Council, Municipality of Whitby, Urban Strategies, PMA Landscape Architects, Park People, Evergreen Brickworks, Not Far From the Tree, Homes First, United Church of Canada, NBLC, Public Work Inc, HDR, Steer Davies Gleave, Planning Partnership, York University, TD Friends of Environment Foundation, MASS LBP and Swerhun Facilitation.
photo: Zoe Gemelli
“When Jane Farrow is present, good things happen. Her warmth, energy, insight and respect for people mean that she can tell it like it is, in her signature radio-honed voice, and get people off their rear ends to do good work – all while generating an atmosphere of enthusiasm and mutual support.” – Spacing Magazine, Dec. 2013
Canadian Institute of Planners 2018 Award for Planning Excellence – Growing Up: Planning for Children in New Vertical Communities/CondoHack. Jane co-designed and co-led the public engagement strategy with Urban Strategies on behalf of City of Toronto Strategic Initiatives Unit. The award represents the highest level of recognition the Institute bestows for professional planning, in recognition of innovation, impact on the profession, implementation potential, and overall presentation.