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Jane’s Walk Providence – May 6-8, 2016

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Twelve Citizen-Led Neighborhood Tours Planned in Providence
During the 10th Annual Jane’s Walk Global Weekend Festival: May 6-8

janes-walk-10Get to know some of Providence’s lesser known pockets during Jane’s Walk, a global weekend festival inspired by urban activist Jane Jacobs, on Friday, May 6th, Saturday, May 7th, and Sunday, May 8th. Last year, Providence was one of 189 participating cities in 36 countries around the world, and we expect that number to grow. 2016 is a special year, as we celebrate the 10th year of the Jane’s Walk festival and what would have been Jane Jacobs’ 100th birthday.

Unlike typical guided tours, these free walks are led by volunteer citizen guides who share knowledge of their own communities with others. Through open conversations that get tour-goers thinking, talking, and connecting, Jane’s Walks engage people in a democratic city planning process. Participants should wear comfortable shoes, find their leaders in their designated meeting spots, and be ready for lively discussions while on the move.

The following Providence tours are currently scheduled, with meeting locations and other details listed at: janeswalk.org

Friday, May 6th:

  • College Hill and the International Slave Trade (led by Elon Cook): Roger Williams National Memorial, 2:00 PM

Saturday May 7th:

  • Jane’s Bike Tour of Providence’s Most Endangered Properties (led by Marena Wisniewski, Sarah Zurier, and Alex Krogh-Grabbe): 24 Meeting Street, 9:00 AM
  • Sacred Spaces of Downtown Providence (led by Christina Bertoni and Lee Andrews): The Arcade, 130 Westminster Street, 10:00 AM
  • College Hill & the International Slave Trade (led by Elon Cook): Roger Williams National Memorial, 10:30 AM
  • The Queen Anne Style in Elmwood (led by Jim Barnes): Walgreens parking lot, 10:30 AM
  • Providence’s Waterfront: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (led by David Brussat): Crawford Street Bridge, 1:00 PM
  • Knight Memorial Library (led by Deborah Del Gais): 118 Princeton Avenue, 1:00 PM
  • The North Burial Ground: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow (led by Fran Leazes and Erik Christiansen): Rochambeau Gate, 1:00 PM
  • Welcome to Wayland Square (led by Barbara Barnes): outdoor plaza by L’Artisan Cafe & Bakery, 2:00 PM
  • Urban Design in the West End (led by Dylan Peacock): Dexter statue in Dexter Park, 3:00 PM

Sunday, May 8th

  • Support Safe Bike Routes for Kids! (led by Ella Boyan): Nathan Bishop Middle School, 10:00 AM
  • Meeting Street: the heart of Providence’s second city center (led by Barbara Barnes): Roger Williams National Memorial, 2:00 PM

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