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Free neighbor-led walking tours offered in Buffalo as part of the international Jane’s Walk festival

Today marks the start of three consecutive days of Jane’s Walks – a group of tours orchestrated by people like you and me who want to introduce people to urban neighborhoods from Niagara Falls to Buffalo’s West Side. For the first year, six walks will kick off locally (see here), starting with tours of The Hydraulics/Larkinville (walking tour) and also the old First Ward (bike tour).

The walks are designed to pay tribute to the life and work of legendary urbanist Jane Jacobs (author of The Life and Death of Great American Cities), who spearheaded the movement to reinvigorate cities through better planning methods. According to Stephen Paskey, the volunteer City Organizer for Buffalo, “A Jane’s Walk tour is a walking conversation about the joys and challenges of living or working in an urban neighborhood, a chance for residents to explore their city and meet their neighbors.”

This year, Buffalo joins 100 cities around the world (800 walks total) by offering the Jane’s Walk tours.

For more information:



Niagara Falls: The Nitty-Gritty City

Friday, May 2, 10:00 a.m. (Two hours)

Meet inside the Niagara Falls Culinary Institute near Savor Restaurant

Niagara Falls was once a fashionable city. The tour is a chance to talk about how it all went wrong, and what can be done to fix things.


Grain Elevators in My Back Yard: A First Ward Bicycle Tour

Friday, May 2, 4:00 p.m. (90 minutes)

Meet near the water feature at Kleinhans Music Hall

Laura Currie will lead a bicycle tour through the old First Ward, Buffalo’s first waterfront neighborhood, with a stop at a historic tavern.


The Story of the Hydraulics: Revealed

Friday, May 2, 5:30 p.m. (90 minutes)

Meet in Larkin Square

Chris Hawley, urbanist and history lover, will reveal the story of the Hydraulics, Buffalo’s first manufacturing district and one of America’s premier industrial heritage sites.


Vision Niagara: The Resurgence of Niagara Street

Saturday, May 3, 1:30 p.m. (90 minutes)

Meet in Broderick Park near the river

Barbara Rowe and Grace Andriette will give walkers an inside look at Niagara Street through the lens of history, environmental justice, and community engagement.


Refugees Revitalizing Grant Street Through Small Business

Saturday, May 3, 3:00 p.m. (One hour)

Meet outside Sweetness 7 Café on Grant Street

Bryana DiFonzo will lead walkers down Grant Street, where they’ll talk with refugee business owners who are helping make positive changes on Buffalo’s West side.


Homes Near the Peace Bridge: Paving our Past, Selling Our Future

Sunday, May 3, 12:00 noon (90 minutes)

Meet at the Columbus statute in Columbus Park

Walkers will get a first-hand look at a neighborhood threatened by Peace Bridge expansion plans and will learn why residents are passionate about preserving where they live.


Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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