Jane’s Walk re-visits the Garden City of Leaside May 7

Jane’s Walk in Leaside will take place Sunday May 7 at 1.30 p.m. with the start outside Lit Cafe at Bayview Ave and Millwood Rd. It is subtitled A Garden City Re-visited and will trod the streets laid out in 1913 by the landscape architect Frederick Gage Todd. He based his design on the Garden City principles, best exemplified by Letchworth in England. As Geoff Kettel notes the Garden City differs from suburbs in that, along with curvilinear tree-lined streets, public green spaces, and cohesive streetscapes, it also included an industrial area to provide employment and commercial streets for convenient shopping. “When people walk through Leaside today they see it as a neighbourhood of Toronto. But what is the experience when you examine Leaside through the lens of the Garden City framework as a designed landscape?” Mr. Kettel asks.