Thirteen Citizen-Led Neighborhood Tours Planned in Providence During the Jane’s Walk Global Weekend Festival: May 5-7
Get to know some of Providence’s hidden treasures during Jane’s Walk, a global festival on the first weekend in May! Inspired by urban activist Jane Jacobs, Jane’s Walk promotes urban literacy by encouraging people to get out and explore their neighborhoods. Unlike typical guided tours, these free walks are led by volunteer citizen guides who share knowledge of their own communities while inspiring participants to think, talk, and connect. Providence is now one of 209 participating cities in 41 countries across 6 continents, and we expect that number to grow!
Since 2014, hundreds of people have participated in 26 walks that have been organized in Providence. The following walks are currently scheduled for the 2017 festival weekend, with meeting locations and other details listed at: JanesWalk.org. Several more may be added over the next few weeks. Participants should wear comfortable shoes, find their leaders at their designated meeting spots, and be ready for lively discussions while on the move. Advance registration is not required except for the Friday afternoon walk focused on Rhode Island and the International Slave Trade.
Friday, May 5th:
- Rhode Island and the International Slave Trade (led by Elon Cook): intersection of Brown and Power streets, 2:30 PM.
- Providence at Night (led by Barbara Barnes and Jennifer Wilson): Brick Market Square at the Providence River, 7:30 PM.
Saturday May 6th:
- Discover the Moshassuck River (led by Greg Gerritt): head of the tide of the river, 9:00 AM.
- Explore Providence’s River District (led by Seth Zeren and Barnaby Evans): Foundry visitor parking lot, 9:30 AM.
- Roger Williams Park (led by Jessica David and Chris Ackley): Monument to Roger Williams, 10:00 AM.
- Citizens of the North Burial Ground (led by Catherine Hurst, Fran Leazes): Steps inside entrance, North Main and Cemetery streets, 10:30 AM.
- Providence’s Waterfront—the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly (led by David Brussat): Crawford Street Bridge, 12:00 PM.
- Revisiting a Northern Elmwood Neighborhood in the Making (led by Doug Victor): Dialysis Center of Rhode Island parking lot, 12:30 PM.
- West Broadway/Armory Walk (led by Taylor Polites): Bell Street Chapel, 2:00 PM.
Sunday, May 7th:
- The Historic Jewelry District—Past, Present, and Future (led by Olin Thompson): small wooden park at corner of Richardson and Ship Streets, 12:00 PM.
- Providence’s Latino Cultural Corridor (led by Marta Martinez): Mi Sueno restaurant, 1070 Broad Street, 12:00 PM.
- Transit and Placemaking to Create a New Downtown Corridor (led by Greg Nordin and Anne Galbraith): Kennedy Plaza berth E, 2:00 PM.
- Walk West Fountain Street (led by Sarah Zurier and Adrienne Gagnon): NE corner of Dean and Washington streets, 3:30 PM.