The good people at Let’s Save Michigan have taken it upon themselves to coordinate “an international event that gathers neighbors together to walk, talk, and generate ideas to get local residents involved in the future of their cities.”
Jane’s Walk, named in honor of the great urbanist Jane Jacobs, is a series of local events across the country and around the world where individuals can explore their own communities (or the next town over, for that matter) ON FOOT! In her seminal book The Death and Life of Great American Cities Jacobs wrote of the importance of seeing and experiencing cities, towns, and neighborhoods from the ground. Too often in our current auto centric culture we struggle to understand good urban principles as we fly past at 40 MPH. Jane’s Walk is a fun way to reconnect with our places- the architecture, the culture and the opportunities.
So, if you’re not doing anything this weekend then get out and enjoy a walk. A list (not complete) of local walks can be found at the Let’s Save Michigan site. If your city isn’t on it then consider doing one yourself. If your experience is like the thousands of individuals who have done so in the own hometown than it will be plenty worth the effort.