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Dark Age Ahead - The Wizard of Ossington 

by HïMY SYeD



Friday, May 6


Language: English 

Area: Downtown

Theme: Arts & Architecture, Environment, History & Culture

Accessibility: Uneven Terrain, Fast-Paced, Stairs or other barriers, Busy Sidewalks, Breaks Offered


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 weaves ideas discussed in Jane's last book published before she died, Dark Age Ahead, using neighbourhood landmarks.

  • Walk Start Location: Meet atop Traffic Island in front of Christie Street TTC StationHiMY will be holding copy of “Dark Age Ahead” Book. Look for Walk Leader with Orange Jane’s Walk sign standing in middle of the painted Medicine Wheel Labyrinth on the traffic island immediately opposite of Christie Street Subway Station entrance.

  • Nearest Public Transit: Christie Station

  • Walk End Location: Opposite Ossington Subway Station

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