i first read Jane Jacobs when i was living a few blocks from her old New York City neighbourhood. she's one of the main reasons i became so interested in how cities work (and don't work); it seems oddly fitting that now, a decade later, i'm living a few blocks from her old Toronto house.
as a way to commemorate her work & beliefs about the urban environment, Jane's Walk was started last year. local enthusiasts are giving free walks all day tomorrow--in a slew of cities, including, of course, Toronto & NYC. but you're also in luck if you live in Winnipeg, or Guelph, or Salt Lake City, or Vancouver... in fact, for more details, locations, and for the story of the walks themselves, check out this link