Jane Jacobs became one of America's most famed urbanists after preventing highways from carving up Manhattan and authoring "The Death and Life of Great American Cities". Few have been so central to our understanding of why walkable neighborhoods are so important, and how they are formed. Every spring, people around the nation host "Jane's Walks" in her honor.
The Urban Phoenix Project's 6th annual "Jane's Walk: Phoenix" will explore parts of downtown's Warehouse District that will be affected by the exciting new light rail line being planned down Central Avenue into South Phoenix.
Meet up at Block 23 (the block east of CityScape). More detailed meeting instructions TBA. The walk will end nearby at a local watering hole so we can continue the conversation informally.
In celebration of Jane's Walk "Month," we'll take a walk through downtown Phoenix highlighting the new and old residential areas that make up our city. The walk will take a path through the Roosevelt Row Arts District, an area currently booming with new residential projects, as well as walking past some of the first residential spaces of the area.
On Saturday, May 7, Big Car Collaborative and Garfield Park Neighbors Association will partner for their fourth annual Jane Jacobs Walk.
We will meet up at the inaugural Garfield Park Farmers Market at 12 pm, then head out for our walk around 12:30 pm.
There will be one route (1.6 miles) that will explore the Shelby Street Commercial Corridor and the east side of the Garfield Park neighborhood.
Please bring your family, friends and neighbors. All ages are welcome!
In honor of Jane Jacobs, please join us for a FREE walking tour of Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard highlighting the revitalization efforts of this historic Central City corridor. We will have a walking discussion about the evolution of the corridor from the influx of immigrants to the Civil Rights movement to Hurricane Katrina and beyond. The event will highlight recent revitalization successes and how they respect the rich history which has molded this cultural corridor. The walk will take place on Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, between Erato St. and Philip St.
Bring your phone or camera to snap pics along Upperline St. An old market, corner stores and the hidden river just beyond Tchoupitoulas St. are a few things that make this quintessential New Orleans.
We will have a walking discussion about the evolution of the corridor from German immigration to the Civil Rights movement to Hurricane Katrina and beyond. The event will highlight recent revitalization successes and how they respect the rich history, which has molded this cultural corridor.
The Urban Conservancy and StayLocal are working with local architect and Jane Jacobs scholar Marilyn Feldmeier (who is also a resident of the neighborhood). Our focus is on "What Makes West Mag a Success?" West Mag is the stretch between Jefferson and Henry Clay. This area is distressed as a result of the Southeast Louisiana (SELA) drainage construction project.
Take an after-work stroll through a typical neighborhood in Mid-City, between Carrollton Ave. and Jefferson Davis Pkwy. Learn how the area has changed over time, from a cypress swamp to working class homes to an historic neighborhood at the heart of our city.
The bike tour starts at City Park. On safe biking routes, cyclists start by riding along scenic Bayou St. John to the Levee Exhibit Hall and Garden at the east breach of the London Avenue Canal. The next site is a pump station and then a ride along scenic Lake Pontchartrain to the 17th Street Canal breach in the Lakeview neighborhood. Cyclists can view the breach sites and also the neighborhoods affected by the failure of levees designed and built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Finally, everyone will bike back through City Park. The bike tour is 12 miles. You must bring your own bike. The Levee Breach Bike Tour is a healthy way to learn more about the worst civil engineering disaster in the history of the United States.
Our 9th annual Jane’s walk will continue last year’s exploration of Cambridge’s original settlement, radiating from the site of the initial village of Newtowne in what is now Harvard Square.
This year’s walk celebrates the 100th anniversary of Jane Jacobs’s birth and, at the same time, explores Cambridge’s original settlement in 1630, the evolving moniker of “Old Cambridge,” and the changes that have taken place – and are still taking place – through the centuries.
Be a tourist in your own community! Join us for the kickoff to Somerville’s May Preservation Month—with a leisurely stroll through historic Magoun Square to explore the neighborhoods of Lowell and Hudson Streets, and end at the new “Highland Avenue Hot Block.”
Residents and business owners, current and former, please come and share your memories, observations, and vision for the future as the area continues to grow and thrive.
Find out how the industrial history of the Square has evolved, with many new residential buildings, small businesses, and creative entrepreneurs.
Learn how public policies and investment have shaped the landscape and housing styles, as seen through the eyes of the people who live and work there.
The walk will end in time to enjoy lunch at a neighborhood eatery and then visit the Somerville Museum, open noon to 5 PM, with a terrific selection of this year’s Somerville Open Studio artwork on display!
Walking Tour of the old Actors' Colony near the shore of Lake Michigan. A walking tour of the Actors' Colony that once thrived in the Bluffton neighborhood during the early 1900's. Many vaudeville actors, including Buster Keaton's family, summered here.
As a teen, silent film comedian Buster Keaton spent the summers of his youth enjoying life along the shorelines of Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake in an Actors' Colony established by his father, Joe, and his vaudevillian friends. The walk is a stroll past the cottages of the colony, including the site of the Keaton cottage Jingle's Jungle as well as the baseball diamond where Buster learned the game.
As a teen, silent film comedian Buster Keaton spent the summers of his youth enjoying life along the shorelines of Lake Michigan and Muskegon Lake in and Actors' Colony established by his father, Joe, and his vaudevillian friends. The walk is a stroll past the cottages of the colony, including the site of the Keaton cottage Jingle's Jungle as well as the baseball diamond where Buster learned the game.
Starting at the amazing Small World Coffee at 254 Nassau Street, we will take a gentle Saturday morning walk around Princeton's East Nassau Street neighborhood. This area, formerly known as 'Gasoline Alley' is now one of Princeton's most eclectic and interesting places to be! The legendary planning activist Jane Jacobs said that we can learn what works through observation. We will be looking at a variety of sites in the East Nassau neighborhood to try to understand what works well in Princeton.
Understand how proposed new East Midtown upzoning/air rights transfer rules could destroy the qualities that now make the area one of the world's premier business districts. Computer imagery from SimCenter will illustrate what you may see on this tour a few years from now.
When you think of a city you like, what comes to mind? Can a city be a work of art? How do parked cars serve pedestrians? Most of the interaction among people, bikes, and cars is unplanned. How does that happen? Why do people gather in some places and avoid others? Is it possible to create a neighborhood from the ground up? What is a “public space”? How can the design of public space promote or retard social interaction?
The beautiful and historic neighborhood of Brooklyn Heights offers excellent examples of Jane Jacobs’s principles of urban diversity in action. Beginning at the steps of Brooklyn¹s Borough Hall, we will stroll through residential and commercial streets while observing and talking about how the physical environment influences social activity and even economic and cultural development, both for good and for ill. We will be stopping at several points of interest, including the famous Promenade, and end near the #2/3 subway and a nice coffeehouse.
JOIN CNU NYC and The 555 for a Jane Jacobs Centennial Pub Crawl on May 4th, the 100th anniversary of Jane Jacobs’ birthday. We will meet at 7 PM under the arch in Washington Square, and finish by 11 (?) at the White Horse Tavern, a few doors down from Jacobs’ house at 555 Hudson Street. During the walk we will look at the architecture, urbanism, and bars of Greenwich Village—Ground Zero for The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have ideas for stops along the way or would like to help lead the tour. A Mystery Guest and Tour Leader will be introduced at the tour.
This walking tour will touch on local racial segregation in the Jim Crow era (how Elmwood was created for whites and Pinewood was created for blacks), the Civil War (and participants buried in Elmwood), the influenza epidemic of 1918, the historical significance of about two dozen people buried there, burial customs of the 19th century, present-day care of old grave markers, old cemeteries as a tool for genealogy research, at least one murder, several tragic deaths, and several scandals.This walk will be led by Bill Hart of the Fourth Ward neighborhood. Registration is required for this walk. Due to its popularity, this walk is full.
This special edition of the Sunday Slow Ride (a weekly bike ride) will explore the streetcar suburbs of Charlotte, looking at signs past, present and future of how the humble street car has, and will continue to shape Charlotte. Topics for discussion will include historic development, segregation, and barriers and opportunities related to the current streetcar. The ride will be 10-15 miles at an easy 10 mph party pace. Please wear a helmet and make sure your bike is ready to roll.
From Ethiopia to Nepal to Jerusalem to Syria on a single suburban block. This is the sixth year for our most popular City Walk. Hosted by Tom Hanchett, the local historian and Charlotte Observer "Food From Home" columnist. This walk is limited to 15 attendees so registration is required to reserve your spot. The walk is free to attend but please bring about $20 in cash to pay for any food you want to eat. Due to its popularity, this walk is full.
Join us for a special edition of the Sunday Slow Ride with bike leaders Pamela Murray and Katie Zager, as the group explores the Blue Line and the Blue Line Extension. We will ride 10-15 miles at an easy pace with several stops to talk about the development that has occurred along the light rail corridor. Participants must bring their own bike and helmet.
Walk with Retro Charlotte blogger and Charlotte Observer librarian Maria David, heading west on West Trade Street and return to the starting point. Old photos from the 1920s-1930s will compare then and now at sites such as the federal courthouse, now-demolished hotels, bus stations, with a few memories of the seedier side of the city.
Enjoy a short stroll with landscape architect Beth Poovey of LandDesign and Gwen Cook of Mecklenburg County Parks & Recreation, who led in the creation and design of this marvelous space. Explore ecology, design and history … and maybe even glimpse a blue heron along the waterway.
Join Revolution Park community leader John Howard for a walking tour highlighting 3 west side neighborhoods and the contiguous system of public spaces linked by bike routes and a greenway that joins them. Over the years, the system was developed by different groups including Charlotte DOT and Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation. The walk will begin at Arbor Glen Recreation Center and end at Revolution Park Sports Academy. It will highlight community landmarks such as a community garden, influential community members, and discuss how the original community was developed from the 1920s through the 1960s.
As the opening of the LYNX Blue Line Extension (BLE) approaches, University City will be shaped by the new development along the BLE. Join us as we walk from Boardwalk Billy's, in the Shoppes at University Place, and highlight BLE improvements, strategies to modernize the suburban shopping centers adjacent to the J.W. Clay Station and discuss how UNC Charlotte will become more connected to surrounding shops, restaurants and offices.
Visit a Nepali grocery, enjoy an Ethiopian coffee ceremony, eat a Palestinian feast and finish with Syrian pastries—All in a single east Charlotte spot. Hosted by Charlotte Observer “Food From Home” columnist Tom Hanchett. This walk is limited to 15 attendees. An RSVP to Claire Apaliski (email@example.com) is required to reserve your spot. Due to its popularity, this walk is full.
We Walk Together, a monthly program in association with Mecklenburg Ministries, gathers diverse folks who walk and chat to learn about each other and their city. Join us at Little Rock AME Zion Church in Center City for 2.28 mile roundtrip walk to St. Paul Baptist, 1401 Allen Street in the Belmont neighborhood.
Join neighborhood leader Nancy Albert and others for a walking tour of the historic Elizabeth neighborhood. Elizabeth is Charlotte’s second streetcar suburb and is the location of the city’s first public park. Many residents who have made lasting impressions on the city have called Elizabeth home.
Join us for a slow paced ride through the South End and Dilworth neighborhoods as we stop to discuss historic homes and structures listed by the Charlotte Historic Landmarks Commission as Designated Historic properties. The ride will include several brief stops and highlights include the 1895 Park Manufacturing Co. building, the 1901 Villalonga-Alexander House, the 1897 Gautier-Gilchrist House, where we will hear from the owners about the long-time ghost residents and efforts to exorcise, and the 1927 Randolph Scott House. Participants are invited to continue the conversations at Pike’s Old Fashioned Soda Shop following the ride.
Join us for an hour walking tour of the Dilworth neighborhood, Charlotte's first streetcar suburb. Industrialist Edward Dilworth Latta developed the neighborhood, then outside Charlotte city's limits, during the 1890s. Walk is co-sponsored by the Charlotte Museum of History.
Wander through one of Charlotte’s unique neighborhoods, steeped with history -- Plaza Midwood, with historian Tom Hanchett. Co-sponsored by the Carolina Room of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.
Enjoy a walk with Brian Yesowitch offering up stories of notable Charlotteans who rest in Hebrew Cemetery. The cemetery dates back to 1867. You’ll hear about best-selling author and civil rights activist Harry Golden, discover civic leaders and learn about civil war soldier Corp. Louis Leon, author of Diary of a Tar Heel Confederate Soldier, who is buried here.
Join David Walters, a professor in urban design, for a walk around Charlotte’s South End neighborhood. This six-block walk demonstrates what's good and bad about the new urban development that is transforming many of Charlotte's close-in neighborhoods, and answers some questions about how and why this happens and how the quality of redevelopment can be improved. The walk will begin at the Common Market courtyard off the north end of Camden Road (or its former site if it's been demolished before the date of the walk). Walk south on Camden and the Rail Trail as far as the Aston apartments. The walk ends on the terrace of Big Ben pub in Atherton Mill.
Join us for a walking tour of Johnson C. Smith University and the nearby vicinity, with neighborhood resident Ruth Smith McDonald, artist Jamil Steel, and historian Tom Hanchett of Levine Museum of the New South. The walk will view the history mural Jamil Steel helped create. The walk is being held in partnership with the We Walk Together initiative of Mecklenburg Ministries.
What: Join neighborhoods leader Eric Hoenes and Erik Schalburg and the Charlotte Museum of History for a walking tour of the NoDa neighborhood. Learn about the now-eclectic arts district and community that began as a mill village. The tour will begin and end at Heist Brewery with a reception following. Due to its popularity, this walk is full.
Markers along Parrish St. tell the history of African American social, economic, and political progress in the face of racial discrimination. Walk the path that true pioneering black men and women continue to build to prosperity. Questions to ponder: From Reconstruction to Civil Rights: How did Black Wall St. flourish when similarly prosperous black communities like the original Black Wall St. of Greenwood in Tulsa, Oklahoma were burned to the ground? From tobacco factory work to black enterprise: What were the connections of black enterprises like NC Mutual and Mechanics and Farmer's Bank to BIG tobacco? From Urban Renewal to Black Lives Matter: In the wake of Durham's latest re-development, what is the future and role of black institutions on Parrish St. and in greater Durham today?
Join neighborhood leaders Matt and Michele Lemere and the Charlotte Museum of History for a walking tour of the NoDa neighborhood. Learn about the now-eclectic arts district and community that began as a mill village. The tour will begin and end at Heist brewery with a reception following. Due to its popularity, this walk is full.
Visit a Nepali grocery, enjoy an Ethiopian coffee ceremony, eat a Palestinian feast and finish with Syrian pastries— All in a single east Charlotte spot. Hosted by Charlotte Observer “Food From Home” columnist Tom Hanchett. This walk is limited to 15 attendees. An RSVP to Claire Apaliski (firstname.lastname@example.org) is required to reserve your spot. Due to its popularity, this walk is full.
Join walk leader Greg Jarrell and community members as we highlight some favorite neighborhood spots in Enderly Park, discuss the markers of history in the neighborhood and look at some great examples of preserved housing from the 1920s through the 1950s. Walk highlights will include the site of the old Lakewood Amusement Park, the S.B. Alexander homesite, the neighborhood commercial center, and QC Family Tree.
Join neighborhood leader Nancy Albert and the Charlotte Museum of History as we highlight some favorite spots in the historic Elizabeth neighborhood. Elizabeth is Charlotte’s second streetcar suburb and the location of the city’s first public park. The neighborhood was home to residents who made a listing impression on the city. We will begin and end the walk at Earl’s Grocery with a reception following. Due to its popularity, this walk is full.
Have you ever wondered why manhole covers have the patterns they do? What about the shape of the bicycle rack you use every day? The width of the sidewalk outside your favorite coffee shop? Walk with us as we explore the almost invisible physical design features of downtown that are essential to the functioning of Chapel Hill and Carrboro.
Join the Seven Canyons Trust and Jane Jacobs Walk for a walking conversation to explore the Three Creeks Confluence, an effort to uncover 200 feet of the combined confluence of Red Butte, Emigration, and Parley’s Creeks in Salt Lake City.
1 in 3 women in Utah will or have experienced sexual assault. The amount of women in transition through homelessness has almost tripled. As women, we all have to experience the urban design of our city streets. How does the design of our streets make them less safe for women without an address? How does it affect women with an address? How can we all make walking safer for women in Salt Lake City ? This is a walk designed to shed light on women experiencing homelessness and overall sexual violence on our city’s streets. It’s time to listen.
Creative Convergence is holding two simultaneous tours that you can choose from.
We have all heard of air and water pollution, but did you know that there is such a thing as ‘light pollution’? Join us as we learn about Salt Lake City’s light pollution, the efforts being made to protect our dark skies, and what you can do to help!
The Beck Street area of Salt Lake City has been largely neglected in the cultural imagination of Utahns since the construction of I-15, which simultaneously made Beck, part of the old Highway 89, obsolete and improved distribution capacity for the industries encroaching on the area. Thousands pass Beck on the interstate every day, largely unaware of the crucial role the area played, and continues to play, in the religious, recreational, industrial, and environmental history of the city. This was not always the case. An enormous hot springs complex once attracted visitors from all over the state and the nation, and a warm water lake once boasted sprawling resorts, yachting and year-round recreation where refineries and freeway now lie. During the heyday of Highway 89 alive with mom and pop diners and motels. However, it also was, and still is in many respects, a place for outsiders and itinerants. It is a place of rich and diverse history, if you know where to look. Join us for an exploration of hot springs and railyards, Swedetown and Superfund sites, baptism and perhaps a little blood atonement, for good measure. After the tour, attendees are welcome to gather at The Garage on Beck for some comfort food and a frosty beverage or two and talk about the area. This “walk” covers a fair amount of ground, so please bring a bicycle.
The walk will engage children as active members of their community.as they learn and discover through their natural environment. All Children K-12 are welcome to attend. The more “eyes on the street the better!” Parents also will enjoy as they watch their children engage and learn about the built environment and place making. The sidewalk is also a great place to make friendships. Please join us!
We spend more time with screens than people. We will be waking around and enjoy nature in the park. The nature walk from the Urban Ecology Club is about reconnecting with nature and seeing the world from one's own personal lens. Our goal is to have teens and kids connect with their environment through observation. We hope that teens realize that there are many creative forms of observation, and in order to do that we must disconnect with electronic devices. Most peers our age,do not pay attention to nature and can miss out on seeing all the good things that there is in the world. Come join us in Sugar House park, phone-less!
See you there!
Asma, Hibba, and Fatima
We will be walking around our neighborhood in Holladay and trying to decipher how walkable it is.
Downtown Holladay has developed over the years with new shops, restaurants and businesses. It is a close-knit neighborhood that encourages people to walk instead of drive. We would like to encourage our peers to continue this tradition, while also checking out the walkability of the neighborhood. We will also observe and discuss other characteristics of the neighborhood while walking and how we can personally contribute to creating a livable, healthy, and sustainable city. Come join us for frozen yogurt afterwards!
We look forward to seeing you there!
Leena, Raeya, and Lhyba
Join us as we discuss making walking safer for women without an address. This walk is designed to observe our city streets with regard to sexual violence towards women.
Come find out about GreenBike bikeshare in Salt Lake City! We will also ride along the 300 South Bike Lane and try out the new protected bicycle intersection!
What make a successful public space? During this walk we will discuss the answer by exploring public spaces on the University of Utah Campus. We will identify with various plazas/public spaces (all relatively close to each other) that are used on a regular basis by students, staff, and faculty.
This is a great event where we simply walk around the neighborhood and discuss the things we would like to see happen in this part of our neighbrohood. A great way to get out and explore the community with your neighbors.
Bring your bikes and helmets and join us for a bike ride through campus with Mikael Colville-Andersen, urban mobility expert and one of the leading voices in global urbanism. He is an influential and much sought after keynote speaker and is the key figure in the company. He consults client cities & governments and also applies his marketing expertise on communication campaigns promoting bicycles as transport.
Students from the City in Literature class at the University of Utah will walk and talk after reading Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Instructors Mike Maloy and Mark McGrath will lead the walk
Join Point B for a transit ride to Sugarhouse! During the ride, we will ride on the S-Line Streetcar and walk along the S-Line greenway trail. We will also explore how to follow the trail through Sugarhouse, visiting Hidden Hollow and then walk through the draw to Sugarhouse Park.
Creative Collingwood of today is quite a contrast to the tough industrial beginnings of this area. As we walk, covering just three streets, the fabric of remaining buildings will prompt some stories. We will also discover how these spaces now provide scope for an impressive range of creative initiatives. We will ask ourselves the question "What does this tell us about the community we find here today?"
This walk will offer a chance to think about the Cross today. Are these changes for the better? Is the Cross, still the Cross? Or is this just another chapter in the areas great history or a nail in the coffin of the diversity that makes the Cross so intriguing.
Find the reasons to stop and walk along Parramatta Road and Norton Street, as we traverse the precinct to find placemaking projects, meet local makers and discover street art waling the way. We will be looking at small creative businesses that are working to revitalise the area such as The Backyard Network, Wyld & Whimsy and The Rizzeria. We will discuss 'living local' and observe street activation projects along the way.
Sao Leopoldo and its history. The walk will begin at Clock's Church, we are going to wander through historic downtown, making stops at some venues to observe and talk about the cityscape, especially about the historic places. The walk will be ending by the River Museum.
Descubra os segredos do bairro de Santa Cecília neste passeio!
Jane Jacobs completaria 100 anos dia 4 de maio e vamos celebrar neste sábado com mais uma atividade da Caminhada Jane Jacobs Floripa! Desta vez vamos explorar o potencial lúdico da Praça dos Bombeiros, mais precisamente o recém reformado Parquinho da Dona Tilinha, provavelmente o mais antigo parquinho de Floripa e que também está de aniversário (50 anos). Vamos trazer filhos e sobrinhos pra brincar no parquinho, incentivando a relação das crianças com a cidade (Jane escreveu um capítulo dedicado ao tema em seu livro Vida e Morte das Grandes Cidades Americanas). Também vamos aproveitar para refletir sobre o interesse público e a privatização da gestão e reforma dos espaços públicos por construtoras. Não faremos um percurso caminhando, vamos ocupar um pedacinho da praça por umas horas para conversar, debater, brincar, fazer picnic. Estão todos convidados!
The Corkscrew Road is both real and imaginary; real because it once ran between Kamloops and Knutsford; imaginary because so much of it has disappeared. This walk will lead you to a few abandoned sections of the Corkscrew Road and share with you some of its history. Today the road exists in a strange limbo between remembering and forgetting. This in between state allows for both historic speculation and creative reconstruction. Come re-experience and re-imagine the Corkscrew Road.
This Jane Jacobs Walk begins in the downtown terminal and will feature several aspects of taking Saskatoon Transit. Participants will take Route 15 from the downtown terminal to the new Civic Operations Center (COC) at 57 Valley Road. The trip will include transit history along the way and a short walk upon arriving at the COC.
Walk with the Chinatown Youth Coalition and bear witness to development pressures threatening a way of life that has defined and protected the community’s low-income Chinese residents and businesses for generations. Hear community responses within the contexts of social justice and the right to remain, food security and community organizing. How can the needs of economic development also respect and serve the needs of a living community and culture of a National Historic Site and one of Vancouver’s founding neighbourhoods?
Walk-ability is one of the foundational principles that underlies Jane's ideas about the human habitat. But what does this mean if you use such places with a wheel chair? We will explore the downtown looking for those elements of good design that assist those who navigate the built environment with wheels.
Intrigued by what the University of British Columbia (UBC) Vancouver campus will look like in a couple years? Or want to get the scoop of what new developments will animate our campus?
I will observe the interactions of people, near, parque bicentenario, downtown antiguo Cuscatlán and downtown Santa Tecla, especially in paseo el Carmen and el cafetalon urban park, I will talk about the infrastructure, accessibility, security, traffic (cars, people, bikes)
Our walk is a combination of Food, Heritage & culture with walking and cycle rickshaw( Pedi cab) ride to make a comfortable experience at Old Delhi. Click to learn more!
Mamallapuram - The 7th century it was a port city of South Indian dynasty of the Pallavas. It has a group of sanctuaries, which was carved out of rock along the Coromandel coast in the 7th and 8th centuries : rathas (temples in the form of chariots), mandapas (cave sanctuaries), giant open-air rock reliefs such as the famous Descent of the Ganges, and the Shore Temple, with thousands of sculptures to the glory of Shiva. The Group of Monuments at Mamallapuram has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.