Jane’s Walks

In a brief published in today’s Post-Standard I learned about Jane’s Walks.

This coming Saturday, as part of Jane’s Walk USA’s nationwide effort to promote walkable communities, Syracuse will be hosting a downtown walk.

The walk will begin at 10 a.m. at the Syracuse Center of Excellence at 727 E. Washington St. and will include stops at various cultural and historical stops in the downtown area.

Since I had never heard of this organization I went online to Jane’s Walk USA and discovered that the organization was founded to honor Jane Jacobs, an activist and urbanist who wrote a ground-breaking work, “The Death and Life of Great American Cities” in 1961. Having no formal training in planning she nevertheless was able to introduce ideas on how cities “function, evolve, and fail.” Her writings and activism for walkable communities continued until her death in 2006.

The walks are free and hosted by cities throughout the world to “put people in touch with their environment and with each other, by bridging social and geographic gaps and creating a space for cities to discover themselves. ”

Even though it is designed for urban settings, it sounds like a great idea for any community. Cortland, how about next year?

Jan

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