Guided by HiMY SYeDDark Age Ahead - The Wizard of Ossington Jane’s Walk

Date: Sunday, May 6, 2012
Start Time: 6:00 pm
Est. Duration: 2 hours

Jane Jacobs in Dark Age Ahead, identified five pillars of our culture that we depend on but which are in serious decline:

  • Community and Family
  • Higher Education
  • The Effective Practice of Science
  • Taxation and Government
  • Self-policing by Learned Professions

The decay of these pillars, Jacobs contended, was behind such ills as environmental crisis, racism and the growing gulf between rich and poor; their continued degradation could lead us into a new Dark Age, a period of cultural collapse in which all that keeps a society alive and vibrant is forgotten.

This walk will tie in ideas discussed in Jane’s last book she published before she died, Dark Age Ahead as seen through the lens of the Ossington Avenue, Garrison Creek, and the AfriVillage and Christie Pits Neighbourhoods.

  • See the Leaning Houses of Shaw Street aka the crookedest houses in Toronto
  • Learn about Lost Rivers – Garrison Creek
  • Discover The City of Labyrinths Project and walk any of the four neighbourhood examples
  • …and maybe Meet The Wizard of Ossington!

Dark Age Ahead Jane’s Walk is now in its fourth year.

Meeting Place: In front of Ossington Station
End Location: Heritage Toronto Plaque, South-East Corner of Christie Pits Park
Public Transit Directions: Ossington Subway Station, Main Exit
Accessible: Partially accessible – curbs, uneven terrain, busy sidewalks
Parking Available: Street parking, and Green P Parking lot
Event date: May 6, 2012; 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.