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Jane Jacobs Walk in Tucson
November 23, 2014 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 amFREE
A Jane Jacobs Walk is a free neighborhood walking, biking, and/or transit tour that celebrates and investigates the people and places that make a city great. Jane Jacobs Walk events are street level celebrations of author and urban activist Jane Jacobs’ legacy. These self-organized walks and discussions combine exploring and observing neighborhoods while sharing their urban history and local lore. The purpose is to get people out of their cars and onto their city streets and sidewalks to reconnect with each other and rediscover their communities. In 2012, 132 events took place in 32 cities across the United States.
LSA is partnering with Lynndsay O’Neill, an intern with Jane Jacobs Walk, to host the very first Jane Jacobs Walk here in Tucson! Tucson’s first Jane Jacobs Walk will be a walking conversation exploring themes including urban infill, walkable streetscapes, and historic neighborhoods. It will be an opportunity to engage in a lively discussion, meet new people, and celebrate urban life on two feet. All participants will be encouraged to share their stories. Architect/planner/LSA board member Corky Poster and former City Council Member Nina Trasoff will co-lead the walk along with Living Streets Alliance staff and Lynndsay O’Neill. The route will start at “the beach” (Fifth Avenue, between Congress and Toole), go through the Armory Park Neighborhood via 12th Street, and will end at Scott Avenue south of Broadway. (See date and time in our “events” section below and follow the facebook event page for announcements.)
Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was an urbanist and activist whose writings championed a fresh, community-based approach to city building, rooted in the importance of residents having input on how their neighborhoods develop. Her 1961 treatise, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, introduced ground-breaking ideas about how cities function, evolve and fail, that now seem like common sense to generations of architects, planners, politicians and activists.
Meantime, here’s a wonderful excuse if you would like to boost your urban planning savvy before the walk. Our friends over at Antigone Books are offering a 20% discount to LSA Members on this title through November! Not a member yet? Not to worry, you can sign up here or fill out a mail-in membership form at Antigone Books.)
Need a little extra motivation? Stop by at Sparkroot before the walk and get your caffeine fix for the road at a 10% discount!