Jane’s Walk is a two-day festival of free walking tours led by locals who want to talk about what matters to them in the places they live and work. Held on the first weekend of May (May 4 & 5), the festival celebrates the legacy of urban thinker Jane Jacobs by getting people out exploring their neighborhoods and meeting their neighbors. Last year, Jane’s Walk gathered nearly 20,000 people in 85 cities across the world.
The Jane’s Walk Vision:
Walkable neighbourhoods, urban literacy, cities planned for and by people.
Background on Jane’s Walk:
Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was an urbanist and activist whose championed a fresh, community-based approach to city-building in her writing, and inspired a generation of young architects and city planners. A group of Jacobs’ close friends initiated Jane’s Walk in Toronto, Canada on her birthday in 2007 as a way to celebrate her legacy.
More about the Walks:
There are only two rules: walks should be taken and given for free, and they should be walking conversations. The rest is entirely up to the walkers, and the conversation topics are as varied as the people taking part, from art and architecture to potholes and shortcuts and from video surveillance to the urban forest: anything that helps you and others better understand our cities and neighbourhoods as places and spaces.
There are seven Jane’s Walks scheduled in Providence for this Saturday and Sunday, Visit Jane’s Walk for more details.