Walkability Studies with Professor Paul Hess, U of T

Working under the direction and guidance of Professor Paul Hess of the University of Toronto’s Department of Geography and Planning, Jane co-wrote North America’s first studies of the walkability of inner-suburban high rise neighbourhoods. This research explores segments of Toronto’s most densely populated but geographically isolated neighbourhoods and points to simple and inexpensive solutions for improving connectivity and accessibility. Alongside this research, the authors developed a research model and resource toolkit that can be used by communities and individual to assess their own neighbourhoods. The walkabilty reports and toolkit are available here

 

Fences inhibit movement in many suburban walking environments.

Missing sidewalk by Iqbal Halal Foods, Thorncliffe Park, Photo credit: Catherine Childs
May 26, 2011. Jane Farrow (left), Executive Director of Jane’s Walk which commemorates the philosophy of Toronto planner Jane Jacobs, walks around Scarborough near Markham and Eglinton with community engagement workers Kiran Shaikh(middle) and Mona Yousefi(right) to show how the area could be improved for walkability and living. Photo by ©Aaron Vincent Elkaim for The Globe and Mail