"...one thing I do know, or think I do, is that it is most important to look at the real world, not at what someone has said is right." --Jane Jacobs, Nov. 1990
What It Is
The Jane Jacobs Walk is a free, self-generated, neighborhood walking tour that helps put people in touch with their environment and with each other. Since its inception in 2007, the Jane Jacobs Walk has predominantly happened the first weekend in May, coinciding with Jane's birthday, in more than 70 cities worldwide.
The Jane Jacobs Walk honors the legacy and ideas of urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs. She championed the interests of local residents and pedestrians over a car-centered approach to planning. She believed that the best-informed advisor in matters of planning and policy is the community itself. The walk helps knit people together into a strong and resourceful community, instilling belonging and encouraging civic leadership.
All Jane Jacobs Walk tours are given and taken for free. These walks are led by anyone who has an interest in the neighborhoods where they live, work or hang out. Although sometimes about architecture and heritage, they also offer a more personal take on the local culture, the social history and the planning issues faced by the residents. Jane Jacobs believed strongly that local residents understood best how their neighborhood works, and what is needed to strengthen and improve them. Jane Jacobs Walks are meant to be fun, engaging and participatory – everyone's got a story and they're usually keen to share it.
How to Participate
Learn about scheduled walks near you or find guidelines, inspiration, and registration to offer your own walk through the following links:
For walks in Canada and other countries visit Jane's Walk.