Upcoming Walks

MAGNOLIA DISTRICT:

JUNE 30, 2018 | 10:00AM

Philomathean Club
1000 N. Hunter St.
Stockton, CA 95202
 

BOGGS TRACT:

AUGUST 11, 2018 | 10:00AM

Boggs Tract Community Farm
466 S. Ventura Ave.
Stockton, CA 95203
 

What is Jane's Walk?

Jane’s Walks are free, locally organized walking tours, in which people get together to explore, talk about and celebrate their neighborhoods. Where more traditional tours are a bit like walking lectures, a Jane’s Walk is more of a walking conversation. Leaders share their knowledge, but also encourage discussion and participation among the walkers.

Jane’s Walks can be educational, and a lot of fun. You can meet your neighbors, make new friends, and exchange business cards with new contacts. You can learn something new, and share what you know. But there are some big ideas behind these walks as well -- and they come from Jane Jacobs, the organization’s namesake. 

Jacobs was not a city planner by training; she was just a concerned citizen who spent a lot of time observing city life around her, first in New York City, then in Toronto. From her observations, she developed some theories about what makes a city a great place to live. After she passed away in 2006, Jane’s Walk was founded in Toronto by a group of her friends and colleagues who wanted to honour her ideas and legacy.

In her book The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jacobs wrote:

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”

Jacobs believed in walkable neighborhoods, urban literacy, and cities planned for and by people. That is, for a city to work, the people who live there must be involved in decisions about how the city grows and is run. Staying informed about civic issues, learning the basic concepts of urban planning, and meeting the people who make the decisions are all good ways to do this -- and are all things you can do on Jane’s Walks.

Learn more at janeswalk.org today!