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Roanoke, VA: Historic Gainsboro and Urban Renewal
May
19
2:00 PM14:00

Roanoke, VA: Historic Gainsboro and Urban Renewal

  • 15 Patton Avenue Northwest Roanoke, VA, 24016 United States (map)
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Participants will be guided through the extensive history of the Gainsboro neighborhood. The tour will begin at Gainsboro Library and weave through local neighborhood streets, highlighting prominent black figures from local history. Participants will discuss the impact of urban renewal on the City's landscape as they venture through the history of those honored at Wells Avenue Plaza. The tour will follow Patton Avenue, Gilmer Avenue, Gainsboro Road, Wells Avenue and Henry Street. The walk will circle back to end at Gainsboro Library, where participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their newfound knowledge of the City and connections made within their community.

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Somerville's Winter Hill and Gilman Square: Past, Present, and Future
May
5
2:00 PM14:00

Somerville's Winter Hill and Gilman Square: Past, Present, and Future

  • Summit Apartment Complex, 425 Broadway, Somerville, MA 02145 United States (map)
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On this neighbor-led tour of the Winter Hill and Gilman Square neighborhoods in Somerville, local folks will share their stories, insights and visions for this gradually evolving area with lots of history, new businesses, an MBTA Green Line station, and an expanded Somerville High School campus!

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NY: Eyes on Brooklyn Heights
May
5
11:00 AM11:00

NY: Eyes on Brooklyn Heights

  • 209 Joralemon Street Brooklyn, NY, 11201 United States (map)
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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.

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Seattle, WA: Critic's Choice: Best of Seattle Architecture
May
4
1:00 PM13:00

Seattle, WA: Critic's Choice: Best of Seattle Architecture

  • 901 12th Avenue Seattle, WA, 98122 United States (map)
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Architect and author, Sheri Olson, FAIA, former architecture critic for the Seattle PI and a contributing editor to Architectural Record will lead a tour of Seattle’s best architecture from the Chapel of St. Ignatius on Seattle University’s campus to the new Pike Place MarketFront. 

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Roanoke, VA: Historic Downtown Roanoke
May
4
11:00 AM11:00

Roanoke, VA: Historic Downtown Roanoke

The Historic Downtown Walk takes visitors through the heart of the city, starting with the bustling Farmers Market, and continuing along some of downtown’s most important and scenic commercial streets. Points of interest will include Center in the Square, Market Street Row, Old First National Exchange Bank, Texas Tavern, Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building, and many more historic buildings throughout downtown. Participants will start and end on Campbell Avenue in front of the City Market Building.

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Controversy about House Tear-Downs in Cambridge, MA
May
4
10:00 AM10:00

Controversy about House Tear-Downs in Cambridge, MA

Our 11th annual walk will explore the current controversy about house tear-downs by walking, observing, and discussing this issue as experienced by the Taylor Square neighborhood, located on either side of Sherman Street between Huron Avenue and Walden Street. Throughout the city, developers are demolishing older viable homes and replacing them with larger, luxurious houses – rather than rehabilitating them – which many feel is detrimental to both the environment and the character of existing neighborhoods.

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Illinois: Rockford's Brooke Road Neighborhood
May
4
10:00 AM10:00

Illinois: Rockford's Brooke Road Neighborhood

Join us for a walk down Brooke Rd to Kishwaukee, through the neighborhoods up to Harrison, and back down 11th Street as we learn the history of the area, celebrate beauty, and look for opportunity. After an hour-long walk, we'll gather at the church for a presentation on our community garden with Q&A by a master gardener and a free chili lunch. You can pick up free seeds and plants, learn how to soil prep and compost, check out our raised garden beds and rain barrels, and sign up for space in the garden.

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Phoenix: Back to Basics
May
1
5:30 PM17:30

Phoenix: Back to Basics

  • W Portland St & N 2nd Ave, Phoenix, AZ 85003 (map)
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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 important and how they are formed. Every spring, people around the nation host "Jane's Walks" in her honor. This year, the Urban Phoenix Project is teaming up with Local First Arizona's For(u)m to lead our 8th annual "Jane's Walk: Phoenix". We will be getting back to the basics, discussing Jane's four Generators of Diversity and her concept of Sidewalk Ballet as we stroll down 2nd Avenue from the Roosevelt Neighborhood to the Downtown Core. Meet at the roundabout @ Portland & 2nd Ave to start the walk. The walk will end at a local watering hole to give us an opportunity to continue the conversation.

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