“[Cities] differ from towns and suburbs in basic ways, and one of these is that cities are, by definition, full of strangers.” -Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities
Do you ever wonder what you and your neighbor have in common besides the city you live in? Did you choose to live there for the same resources? Have the same concerns about your community? Jane’s Walk can help!
Jane’s Walk is an international event that gathers neighbors together to walk, talk, and generate ideas to get local residents involved in the future of their cities. They are free and open, each walk uniquely created by community members. Through exploring your neighborhood on foot with others you enhance your understanding of it, your relationship with it, and your ability to improve upon it.
Because Let’s Save Michigan is interested in forging healthy, sustainable urban environments, we have worked to support bringing more Jane’s Walk to Michigan this May 4th and 5th. We’ve gathered the Michigan walks here so you can find the one nearest you:
1. “The Roots of Mack Avenue” Lower Eastside Detroit
Walk along Mack Ave while learning about the Mack Ave commercial corridor, its past life as a lively street, its current nearly abandoned status and the plans for its rejuvenated future as a productive street. Details here.
Date & Time: Saturday May 4, 9-11AM
2. “Hubbard Farms” Southwest Detroit
Beginning at Cafe Con Leche, tourists will traverse the Hubbard Farms old neighborhood, understanding its history since 1937. Details here.
Date & Time: Saturday May 4, Noon-1:30PM
3. “St. Henry’s Neighborhood” Lincoln Park
Starting at the Lincoln Park Historical Museum, the Lincoln Park Preservation Alliance will examine the history, distinctive historic housing styles and the commercial downtown of St. Henry’s. Details here.
Date & Time: Saturday May 4, Noon-?
4. “Muskegon Jane’s Walk” Downtown Muskegon
The tour will focus on the downtown of the city and the possibilities for its future, beginning with The Kindness of Strangers Art Show to benefit Kid’s Food Basket. Details here.
Date & Time: Saturday May 4, 1-3PM
5. “Walk the Cass Corridor” Midtown Detroit
The tour, appropriately beginning and ending at the Cass Corridor Museum, will share the rich history of Detroit from the late 19th Century to the present. Join the group for a guided lecture, or opt to use the self-guided tour materials to lead yourself. Details here.
Date & Time: Sunday May 5, Noon-2PM
6. “Uptown Detroit”
Explore the world of 8 Mile, beginning at Baker’s Keyboard Lounge at 8 Mile and Livernois, meet a resident for local perspective, and finish with music, snacks and conversation. Details here.
Date & Time: Sunday May 5, 2-4PM
There is still time to be a Jane’s Walk leader! Check out our recent conversation with Jane’s Walk Director Denise Pinto for helpful tips on how to be a great Jane’s Walk guide, then register your walk at Jane’s Walk Lead A Walk.
Let’s Save Michigan is hosting a conference call on Monday, April 29, at noon for leaders to discuss details and exchange ideas. Please email us: sarah[at]letssavemichigan.com to RSVP and receive call-in details.
For information on how to participate visit Jane’s Walk, or email us!
Looking forward to seeing you May 4th and 5th!
Photo from BriYYZ via flickr.com