Citizens to protest the irony of Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan leading neighbourhood walk (Jane’s Walk) May 1

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Derek Corrigan, photo City Burnaby 2014 Derek Corrigan, photo City Burnaby 2014

Hundreds (or thousands) of Jane’s Walks (free, grassroots, guided neighbourhood walks) will be held this weekend in cities around the world. But this year, only one might be the target of a grassroots citizen protest.

That would be this walk in Burnaby, British Columbia, led by fifth term mayor Derek Corrigan: Beresford Street – Envisioning Burnaby’s Outdoor Art Gallery (starting at the Metrotown station, 10:30 am, Friday, May 1, 2015). The protesters plan to be there.

It is not particularly the content of the walk they protest, but the irony of its leader.

Jane’s Walks are the essence of grassroots, named after the venerated urbanist Jane Jane Jacobs with son, Ned, in Greenwich Village, 1962Jacobs who once wrote, “No one can find what will work for our cities by looking at … suburban garden cities, manipulating scale models, or inventing dream cities. You’ve got to get out and walk.”  (Downtown is for People

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