Jane’s Walk was started to honor the memory of uber urbanist Jane Jacobs. Jacobs dedicated her life to studying cities – what makes them tick, and what makes most sense when it comes to walkability, transportation, design, building density, streetscapes, park systems, etc. Not only did she study the characteristics of cities, she was also an advocate for change. Jacob’s teachings were instrumental for others who would study her thoughts and findings. Her smart, intrinsic, common sensical beliefs have helped to make profound changes in her home city of Toronto and beyond.
Since passing away in 2006, an annual walk has been dedicated to her memory and her sentiments and beliefs. The walk is coming up this weekend. On May 7 and 8, grassroots tour guides will be leading numerous walks throughout this city’s neighborhoods, allowing people to become familiar with the nature of city living, and the fascinating roles that various urban pockets play.
Each walk is designed to run between an hour and 90 minutes. The walks are free, and are conducted by people who either live in the respective neighborhood, or who are overly familiar with the locations.
To view a list of the walks offered in Buffalo, click here. City dwellers are encouraged to participate in organizing walks each year. If you would like to represent your neighborhood in the future, you can register at the website above. Otherwise, anyone can pick a walk, and learn about the history and the future of a few of this Buffalo’s most vibrant, and up and coming neighborhoods.