Wednesday, December 02, 2009

Would you go on a Jane's Walk?

Jane's Walk is:
a series of free neighbourhood walking tours that helps 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....Jane's Walks are less like the regular heritage walking tours and more like a walking conversation about neighbourhoods and how people use cities.

Based, of course, on the principles of the patron saint of snobby urban assholes everywhere*, Jane Jacobs.

Actually, the 6 Tips for Leading a Jane's Walk makes it look like fun. Look them over and tell me which CLE neighborhoods would be best for a Jane's Walk, and why.

*Hold your hate mail. That's supposed to be funny.


Blogger Pulp said...

As a confirmed snobby urban asshole, I resemble that remark.

9:52 AM  
Blogger Cookbook said...

I think they sound like a good idea. Are you thinking of doing one in your 'hood?

11:42 AM  
Blogger Christine Borne said...

I could dress up as Jane Jacobs.

11:52 AM  
Blogger Seth said...

I followed up on Rustwire, too. Potentially, a lot of places could work. There are so many examples in Cleveland (and most older cities) of places where walkability is great and many others where it’s horrible. You could make a tour of either, depending on your intent. It seems like the organization does focus on tours led by individuals who live in the neighborhood. I think you could put together some interesting and unpredictable tours in Upper University Circle / Lower East Cleveland / Little Italy, Buckeye, Asiatown (my neighborhood), downtown, Ohio City, Tremont, Duck Island, Detroit Shoreway, Old Brooklyn or Brooklyn Centre and maybe even a Kamm’s Korner or a Westown.

3:47 PM  
Blogger Christine Borne said...

Hi Seth- thanks for visiting.

My husband and I agonized over where to buy our house, based on walkability factors. We ended up buying in Edgewater, and since then I've thought a lot about the many positives (you can walk to services, not just fancy restaurants) and negatives (drivers don't care whether you live or die crossing Clifton Blvd). In the end, I'd say that the area bounded by about West 110 to the east, Lake to the north, Cove to the west, and Madison to the south might be a best kept secret in terms of car-free areas in Cleveland. (Especially if you like fast food, which I'm not too snobby to admit that I do, once in a while.)

3:56 PM  
Blogger lakeeireenchantments said...

I think that's a great idea. I would be willing to help organize it. Cleveland has lots of wonderful neighborhoods.

5:26 PM  
Blogger Bryan Marek said...

My new hometown Cleveland heights and tremont would be good places to start. With Cleveland heights you have architecture, history, culture, people, tradition, and the locations to draw crowds if presented in a proper fashion. Then Tremont with its ethnic background and working class roots would be a great place to learn why Cleveland is what it is today. Then you could go to Lola or Fahrenheit for dinner. Most inner ring suburbs would be perfect for a jane's walk. It could even be just the thing for areas like Collinwood or East Cleveland...cities that used to be jewels but lost their way. Teaching and discussing the history and what it had to offer could inspire new uses and outlets for old infrastructure.

3:51 PM  

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