Gathering at Portland Park
The inaugural Jane’s Walk Phoenix was a huge success. Over thirty people took advantage of the nice weather to come out and celebrate Jane Jacobs and learn more about the neighborhoods of downtown phoenix. The intimate size of the group allowed people to meet one another and share stories, history and gossip about the streets, parks and building that we passed during the walk. Special thanks goes to Cartina Knoebl, Greg Esser and Kimber Lanning for sharing their knowledge and insights along the route, as well as all the participants for their great questions and observations., As I’ve said from the beginning, it’s the participants who are the true guides of the walk. Special thanks also to Jack London, Nick Bastien (Rail Life), and David Bickford (PHXRailFood) for taking photos along the way.
Let's "Get out and Walk!"
During the walk we learned about the good (adaptive use sites like Morin House and Modified Arts), saw some of the bad (boarded up buildings and deserted streets) and heard about some of the ugly truths (land-banking) about the Roosevelt and Churchill neighborhoods.. We also talked about the responsibilities each one of us has to make sure that downtown Phoenix (or any neighborhood) is the type of place YOU want to live. I think each person who took part learned something new, even those who have spent years living downtown. Moreover, and more important, everybody got the opportunity to meet somebody new, building and strengthening the downtown community. After all, the strength of any neighborhood is the connections between the people who live, work and play in it.
Morin House, recently moved from Evans Neighborhood and restored. Now the new home of a small business.
'1895' House (built in 1897!) Patiently waiting for the next chapter of it's life (hopefully one that doesn't involve a wrecking ball!)
Catrina shares her knowledge with a Light Rail station in background
Seeking shade in the new Civic Space Park, under the watchful eye of Janet Echelman's 'Her Secret is Pateince'
Crossing the street
Mural (in progress) celebrating Valley Youth Theater
In front of adaptive use project (and new HQ of Patry Residential LLC)
Neighborhood garden and community scarecrow
Yuri, Kimber, Nick, Catrina and David in front of Modified Arts (another great adaptive use project)