Doors Open and Jane's Walk This Weekend

This will be a fantastic weekend to discover more of your city through these two exciting series of events.

By Ryan McGreal
Published May 01, 2015

The weather forecast looks just about perfect for a weekend of exciting events across Hamilton. This Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3 is a fantastic opportunity to discover your city through Doors Open Hamilton and Jane's Walk Hamilton.

Doors Open Hamilton

Doors Open is an annual event in which heritage properties across the city open their doors for members of the public to visit and tour for free. This year, 38 sites are participating in all areas of the city.

Doors Open started in France in 1984 and has since spread to dozens of countries and thousands of communities. The first Doors Open Ontario took place in 2002. Doors Open Hamilton is organized by the Hamilton branch of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario in partnership with the Hamilton Burlington Society of Architects.

Jane's Walk Hamilton

Jane's Walk is a series of free neighbourhood walking tours held in honour of the great urbanist Jane Jacobs (1916, 2006), who discovered great insights about cities by walking around them and observing closely.

This year, there will be 28 walking tours:

Jane's Walk is held every year on the first weekend of May in the anniversary of Jacobs' birthday. The first Jane's Walk was held in 2007. Last year, there were over 1,000 walks in 134 cities and 25 countries.

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan wrote a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. His articles have also been published in The Walrus, HuffPost and Behind the Numbers. He maintains a personal website, has been known to share passing thoughts on Twitter and Facebook, and posts the occasional cat photo on Instagram.

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By Robert D (anonymous) | Posted May 02, 2015 at 10:16:47

Thank you so much for mirroring this information. I don't want to have to start a wordpress page just to access it on the doors open Hamilton site, which seems like what I need to do.

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