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.
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 Lynn Weis of the Fourth Ward neighborhood. Registration is required for this walk. Due to its popularity, this walk is full.
Uptown Charlotte saw plenty of action in the years before and during the Revolutionary War, including the 1780 Battle of Charlotte between local patriots and the forces of Lord Cornwallis, the British commander who spent 16 humiliating days in Charlotte during September 1780. Learn why the hornet's nest is Charlotte's symbol. (Hint: It involves an annoyed Cornwallis, after local militia pestered his men relentlessly.) Learn why May 20 is a significant date for Charlotte. Led by local historian and author Scott Syfert, this event will tell you about Charlotte's Revolutionary history as you follow the Liberty Walk through uptown.
Date: Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time: 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Event Start/End: Harvey B. Gantt Center, 551 South Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC 28202
Host: Scott Syfert
Accessibility: This event is accessible and open.
Registration: Registration is requested but not required. To register, please visit http://plancharlotte.org/story/discover-your-city-city-walks-2017.
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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.
North Carolina: Walk Tall: Wander Among the Trees of University City's Green Heart, the UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens
Join Associate Director Paula Gross for a walking tour through the 10-acre Botanical Garden at UNC Charlotte. The walk will start from the McMillan Greenhouse and head into the Van Landingham Glen – a woodland garden of thousands of native plants and rhododendron. We'll follow winding paths below majestic trees, including a grove of bigleaf magnolia. The tour will continue to the Susie Harwood Garden through the Mellichamp Native Terrace and Asian Garden, and return to the greenhouse to tour its collection of carnivorous plants.
Learn about the social, geographical, and historical influences that have been part of the development of this west side neighborhood. From country farm and retreat to the current site of gentrification, we will see evidence of the many influences that comprise this neighborhood. This walk will be led by Greg Jarrell, Enderly Park neighbor and director of QC Family Tree.
New Orleans, Louisiana: Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard: Celebrating a History of Culture, Community, and Commerce
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.
This walk will begin at City Hall and will cover several blocks throughout Downtown Hattiesburg, eventually returning to City Hall. Participants are encouraged to observe and connect as they rediscover the historic core of our dynamic city. Expect to meet interesting characters and see first-hand how our downtown community is being revitalized. This walk will celebrate the unique character, people, art, and architecture of downtown!
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.
Enjoy Mexican and Colombian pastries, Honduran baleadas, Mexican tortas and get a glimpse of the surprisingly rich cultural life of Charlotte's "salad bowl suburbs." The walk is 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.
Hear stories of the notables who rest in one of Charlotte's oldest cemeteries, including best-selling author and civil rights activist Harry Golden. Then head next door to visit one of Charlotte's newest neighborhoods, Brightwalk, a national model of mixed-income development. Brian Yesowitch of Temple Beth El will co-lead the walk with historian Tom Hanchett.
Learn about remarkable McCrorey Heights, a neighborhood built after World War II by and for African American leaders. Then stroll to the handsome campus of Johnson C. Smith University. Walk leaders will include historian Tom Hanchett and others.
Experience University City's changing landscape on this one hour walk led by Tobe Holmes, the planning and development director at University City Partners. The tour will highlight key redevelopment plans as well as a few challenges and opportunities that will come on the heels of the Blue Line Extension.
Come join us for a walk and talk! Join us for the kickoff to Somerville’s May Preservation Month — with a leisurely stroll through the area recently dubbed as "Innovation Row."
Join Jen Sudul Edwards, Ph.D., curator at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, for a tour of the new exhibition, "Celebrating Jean Tinguely and Santana." Edwards will highlight Tinguely's iconic sculpture, "Santana," which celebrated its 50th birthday in 2016, as well as sculptures from both the Bechtler collection and on loan, drawings and prints, and personal correspondence between the artist and the Bechtler family. The tour will conclude with a walk to Carillon Tower (227 West Trade Street) to view Tinguely's mark on Charlotte, "Cascade." This was the artist's last major work before he died.
Led by local historian and author Scott Syfert, this walk will visit the Trail of History statues along the Little Sugar Creek Greenway and tell the histories of the people depicted by the statues.
Join urban design Professor Emeritus David Walters for an hour's walking tour of the Dilworth neighborhood. Learn about Charlotte's first "Streetcar Suburb" and how it transformed into a Romantic Garden Suburb.
Wander through Plaza Midwood, a Charlotte neighborhood steeped with history, with community historians Jeff Byers and Tom Hanchett, who've both written extensively on the neighborhood. Learn the history of the Plaza Midwood business district and meet some of its denizens – including the shopkeeper restoring a 1942 airplane inside his bookstore. This walking tour is in conjunction with OpenStreets704, an event that will close some streets to vehicle traffic to allow walking, biking, skating, etc. Info: Tom@HistorySouth.org. Due to its popularity, this walk is full.
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.
We’ve all done it. You’re sitting in traffic in front of that vacant building or empty lot and thought: “That place used to be hopping! Doesn’t anyone see the potential!?”
All visionaries are invited to join a County Wandering walking tour with artist Graham Coreil-Allen to explore and reimagine the public spaces of Arlington County’s Courthouse neighborhood!
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 tour explores the stories of Sacramento’s lost jazz legacy, from the early 1900s through mid-century, by visiting several of the surviving buildings in downtown Sacramento that were once home to jazz nightclubs from the 1910s through the 1950s, including the Clayton Club, the Trianon Ballroom, Top O’ The Town, and Buddy Baer’s. The tour ends at 12th and K Street, just in time to see Harley White Jr. performing live jazz at Brasserie Capitale.
Roscoe Village was founded to house the workers of the Riverview Amusement Park. As the area grew it became home for workers of the industrial factories located on the Neighborhoods East end. These days the Amusement Park is gone, and he Factories are turned into lofts, but people keep flocking to the area. The inhabitants of the neighborhood have changed overtime but it remains economically diverse. It has small shops and restaurants that draw people from all around the city to visit Roscoe Village. So what makes it such an alluring area? Why do people keep moving to, and staying in, Roscoe Village? How is the neighborhood shaped by its inhabitants and how do we shape the neighborhood? What makes Roscoe a successful hub for annual street festivals like Retro on Roscoe and Burger Fest? How do we define Roscoe as an area and how is life there different than the surrounding neighborhoods? These are some of the questions we’ll be discussing during the walk, but these questions don’t have “right” or “wrong” answers. We want to hear your thoughts, stories and opinions on them. Everyone has insight that is different and important to the conversation. We want a discussion, not a lecture! So come on out and join us, share your experiences, make some new friends, and enjoy the beauty that is Roscoe Village!
Join us for an hour walking tour of the Belmont neighborhood, Charlotte's first working-class textile mill village. Today, the diverse neighborhood is in the midst of transformation as persons seek single-family homes in close proximity to Uptown. The tour will begin and end at Intermezzo Pizzeria and Café, 1427 East 10th Street. Following the tour, we will have a reception at Intermezzo Pizzeria and Café. Please wear comfortable walking shoes.
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?"