Jane’s Walk is a coordinated series of free neighborhood walking tours given by locals who care passionately about where they live, work and play. The walks honor the legacy and ideas of urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs who championed the interests of local residents and pedestrians over a car-centered approach to planning. At their core, the tours are about raising urban literacy by offering a pedestrian focused event that combines insights into urban history, planning, design and civic engagement with the simple act of walking and observing. They are intended to help put people in touch with their environment and with each other, by bridging social and geographic gaps, and creating a space for cities to discover themselves
All Jane’s Walk tours are given and taken for free. These walks are led by anyone who has an interest in the neighborhoods where they live, work or hang out. They are not simply about architecture and heritage, but rather about a more personal take on the local culture, the social history and the planning issues faced by the residents. Jane Jacobs believed strongly that local residents understood best how their communities works, and what is needed to strengthen and improve them. Jane’s Walks are meant to be fun, engaged and participatory – everyone’s got a story and they’re usually keen to share it.
Since it’s inception in 2007, Jane’s Walk has happened in twelve North American cities: Toronto, New York, Ottawa, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver, Winnipeg, Halifax, Guelph, Charlottetown, Thornbury, and Salt Lake City. More partner cities and towns are being added in 2009 including Montreal, Boston, Chicago, New Orleans and now Phoenix!
Come out on May 2 , redicover downtown Phoenix and share your stories!