• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

Jane's Walk 2017: Walk Philly with us May 5-7

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

― Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities

Friday, May 5:

11am - Remaking the Waterfront: Pier 9 and Penn's LandingLed by Karen Thompson, Lizzie Woods (DRWC). Meets at Pier 9.

3:30pm - Tactical Urbanism and Trust Building: How Small Parklets led to The Trolley Portal Gardens.  Led by Nate Hommel (UCD). Meets at 49th and Catharine (at Baltimore Ave)

5:00pm - What's Brewing in Brewerytown? Led by Judith Robinson. Meets at 22nd and Ridge.

5:30pm - Lower Lancaster's changing life - a Walk with LoLa38Led by James Wright and Anna Drozdowski. Meets at 36th St. b/t Market & Filbert streets.


Saturday, May 6:

10am - Jane's Mt. Airy Day WalkLed by Bradley Maule. Meets at Allen Lane train station.

10am - Wild Edibles & Medicinals in Wash WestLed by Lynn Landes. Meets at Washington Square.

10am - A Bazaar in the Park and Two New Projects in GermantownLed by Robert Seeley. Meets at Vernon Park, Greene & Rittenhouse St entrance.

10:30am – Passyunk PedestriansLed by Jennifer Barr, David Goldfarb. Meets at SW corner of Broad and Washington.

11am - Ridge Avenue Stroll Through Philly’s Jazz HistoryLed by Faye Anderson. Meets at Blue Note, Ridge Ave north of 15th St.

1pm - Germantown Through the Lens of Arts+CultureLed by Eddie Einbender-Luk. Meets at Vernon Park.

3pm - South Philly and Girard EstatesLed by Bea Segal. Meets at SEPTA’s Oregon Station.

3pm - Under the El: Fishtown's Emerging Third Commercial CorridorLed by Jon Geeting.  Meets at Girard and Front.


Sunday, May 7:

10:00am - South Street Love - EastLed by Ashley Hahn.  Meets at 2nd and South.

10:30am - A Stroll Through Time on Spruce and Pine. Led by Jeff Cohen. Meets at 10th and Chestnut.

Noon - South Street West: A Reemerging Neighborhood Corridor . Led by Marcus Ferreira.  Meets at Broad and South.

1pm - Hope and Change in the Callowhill Industrial Historic DistrictLed by Bob Bruhin. Meets at Broad and Noble.

2pm - Chestnut Hill Architecture Walking TourLed by The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia. Meets at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy parking lot off of W. Willow Grove Ave.

2:30pm – At Home in a RowhouseLed by Kiki Bolender. Meets at Billy Goat in Rittenhouse Square.

What could Pier 9 become? Are there wild edibles under our feet? Can we walk through jazz history on Ridge? What's bringing new life under the El? How are Germantown’s public spaces evolving? Who is South Street for? Is there magic in our wee streets? What's the pedestrian condition of South Broad? How is lower Lancaster Avenue changing and for whom? Where is Callowhill's industrial past becoming its future? What does it mean to be at home in a rowhouse? What happens when strangers walk and talk together about their city?

Once again, PlanPhilly is proud to present Jane’s Walk on May 5-7, a weekend of free walks that promote curiosity and dialogue and ask Philadelphians to explore their city together. Jane's Walks are occasions to slow down, look closer, and learn together.

Every year Jane’s Walk takes place the first weekend of May in hundreds of cities across the planet, in homage to the spirit of urbanist and writer Jane Jacobs, who championed community-driven city building. Jane’s Walks are roving conversations led by volunteers, with citizen and professional experts sharing observations, telling stories, connecting with neighbors, and thinking out loud. They’re opportunities to share what you know about Philly and learn more about what you don’t. 

Jane’s Walk is free and open to anyone. Join any walk - or lead one yourself. (It’s absolutely not too late! Our walk roster is still growing. Sign up here.) We'll walk and talk about what makes public spaces and commercial corridors healthy, ideas in equitable design and development, share neighborhood histories and possible futures, and consider what it takes to make a more livable Philadelphia. 

We think Philadelphians deserve more opportunities to elevate the voices of residents as experts, to talk about the wellbeing of our neighborhoods, and advance the cause of community-driven city building  – in person, on the street, in real time. 

You can check out all of the walks at the Jane's Walk Philadelphia site or via Jane's Walk Philly on Facebook.


For more info or to sign up to lead a walk: http://janeswalk.org/united-states/philadelphia/

Follow along: #JanesWalkPHL

About the author

Ashley Hahn, Contributor

Ashley Hahn started Eyes on the Street for PlanPhilly in 2011 and was PlanPhilly's managing editor from September 2015 until July 2017. She is interested in preservation, neighborhoods, and all things public – from policy to art. She holds masters degrees in City and Regional Planning and Historic Preservation from PennDesign. Ashley has lived in 12 zip codes that she can think of, including neighborhoods in Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston, New York and Philadelphia. She is proud to call 19147 home. 

Contact Ashley via email or find her on twitter: @ashleyjhahn.


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