Jane Jacobs Walk 2012



Urbanist, activist and community organizer Jane Jacobs once said, "Not TV or illegal drugs, but the automobile has been the chief destroyer of American communities." Known for her role in cancelling neighborhood-invading highway development in Manhattan and Toronto, she believed neighbors could come together to explore their own communities and find unique solutions to their neighborhood's problems. In her memory, Jane's Walks will be held across North America this weekend, the weekend of what would've been her 95th birthday.

Irish Channel Janes Walk
Wendy Waren says, "This is the third year I'll host a Jane's Walk. I've met some really great neighbors, people in town for Jazz Fest and older people who grew up in the Irish Channel but moved to the suburbs. Everyone adds something to the Jane's Walk experience, be it knowledge or questions about history, architecture, schools, restaurants, bars, day spas and breweries."

This year, Waren's Irish Channel walk is 1.5 miles and starts at Cafe Rani with continental breakfast and concludes at Belladoggie for Doggies & Donuts.

Detailed information about all six New Orleans Jane's Walks is below:

Luck of the Irish
Saturday, May 5
8 a.m.-10 a.m.
Begins at Cafe Rani Courtyard (2917 Magazine St.), ends at Belladoggie (815 Washington Ave.)
No registration necessary
Hosted by Irish Channel Neighborhood Association
Accessible to seniors and children

Lafitte Greenway Gallivant
Saturday, May 5
9 a.m.- 10:30 a.m.
Begins and ends at Congo Square
No registration necessary
Hosted by Stay Local! and The Urban Conservancy
Accessible to bicycles, seniors and children

Freretian Walking Tour
Saturday, May 5
9 a.m.-10 a.m.
Begins at Village Coffee (5335 Freret St.), ends at High Hat Cafe (4500 Freret St.)
Register by sending an RSVP to Andy@brottworks.com
Hosted by Brottworks TheNewFreret.com
Accessible to wheelchairs, bicycles, children, seniors, dogs, etc.

New Orleans: Portage Roll
Saturday, May 5
8:30 a.m.-10 a.m.
Begins at Governor Nicholls and French Market Place, ends at Bell St. and Bayou St. John
No registration necessary
Hosted by Allen Eskew, FAIA of Eskew+Dumez+Ripple
Accessible to bicycles only

Levee Disaster Bike Tour
Sunday, May 6
9 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Begins and ends at City Park Boat and Bike Rentals at Big Lake Trail
Register by sending an RSVP to Sandy@levees.org
Hosted by Levees.org
Accessible to bicycles, seniors and children

Oak Street Jane Jacobs Walk
Sunday, May 6
9 a.m.-10 a.m.
Begins and ends at Oak and Carrollton
No registration necessary
Hosted by Oak Street Merchants, Residents and Property Owners (Oak Street MRPO)
Accessible to wheelchairs, bicycles, seniors and children

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