Jane’s Walk is for everybody!
You don’t have to be familiar with Jane Jacobs work to participate in Jane’s Walk Phoenix but taking part is a great way to learn about her ideas, which have had a significant influence in how people think about their cities and communities. In books such as “The Death and Life of Great American Cities” (1961) Jacobs championed the interests of local residents and pedestrians over a car-centered approach to planning, made the case for refurbishing old buildings instead of tearing them down and building new ones, and demonstrated the desirability of increasing the density of cities over sprawling endlessly outward. Leading up to the walk on May 2nd, I’ll be exploring some of the concepts outline in Jacob’s work and highlighting those that are most relevant to the emerging urbanisn taking root in downtown Phoenix.
Jane’s Walk is an international initiative of the Centre for City Ecology, a Toronto-based think-tank devoted to furthering Jacobs’ ideas and concerns about cities and sustainability. Jane’s Walk USA is being coordinated by the CCE’s sister organization, Center for the Living City, an organization dedicated to gaining a greater understanding of the complexity of contemporary life by creating generative portals through which individuals and organizations connect with others addressing the interrelated issues of economies, ecologies, society and city building.
Jane’s Walk is intended to raise our urban understanding by combining the simple act of walking with personal observations, urban history, planning, design and civic engagement. The Walk helps knit people together into a strong, connected and resourceful community. It is a great opportunity for people to discover the reemergence of downtown Phoenix as a vital urban core; both familiar places you think you know well, and new places you want to explore. I hope you’ll join us on May 2nd in offering an insider take on downtown Phoenix’s vibrant and fascinating neighborhoods.