Alison Garwood Jones

Jane’s Walk Toronto

April 27, 2019

Another Story Bookshop teams up with Pen Jar Productions

A full circle moment for me: several springs ago, I bought a copy of Jane Jacobs’ groundbreaking book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, at my favourite shop around the corner, Another Story Bookshop.

This week, to drum up interest in next weekend’s Jane’s Walk Toronto, Laura and Eric, the owners, have kindly put up a display of my Pen Jar Productions line of Jane Jacobs merch (a tote, a tee and an enamel pin). At the front of the store no less!

I’m proud to be teaming up with a neighbourhood retailer that makes social justice, equity (gender, race and class) and diversity the guiding force of their existence.

Jane’s Walk Toronto is happening May 3-5. For a list of walks you can join, go to and check out their Instgram feed at @JanesWalkTo.

Let’s celebrate our city and our stories next weekend and all year round!

Another Story Bookshop painters with

The staff at Another Story Bookshop were thinking that my tote bag would be a nice way to transport this copy of Walking in the City with Jane Jacobs by Susan Hughes.


A week after I teamed with with Another Story, I put on my party shoes and headed to the opening bash for Jane’s Walk Toronto. The Urban Space Gallery hosted the event. My illustration studio, Pen Jar Productions, was a sponsor.

Jane's Walk Toronto 2019 Sponsors

It felt good donating my Jane Jacobs enamel pins to all 130 Walk Leaders, each of them committed storytellers and determined community activists who are working towards a more diverse and equitable world. Here’s how they responded:


The next morning, Juan, one of the festival organizers, went on the CBC’s Metro Morning to share details about this year’s Jane’s Walk with host, Matt Galloway.

I missed it. I was at my desk journaling in silence during their interview. By the time I emerged and let myself check my phone notifications, I saw from a friend’s text that my little pin had caught Galloway’s eye.


The best thing we can do with our ideas and talents is to catch someone else’s eye and make them think or take a more positive action.

Ever since it hit us that technology has gained control of our weaknesses, we’ve been asking ourselves, how do we fix this?

The hundreds of Jane’s Walks that took place this past weekend in Toronto (and 250 cities around the world) are a grassroots, citizen-led effort to improve the physical and emotional habitat we live in, be it cities or online communities. It puts our shared humanity ahead of individual interests.

Let’s keep looking for more ways to stop the spread of human downgrading. (Tristan Harris’s term).


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