Jane’s Walk PVD

An annual festival of free, resident-led walking conversations

Explore Providence neighborhoods on foot with Jane’s Walk, a global walking festival on May 3-5, inspired by urban activist Jane Jacobs. These interactive walks are led by local residents and community activists who get people thinking, talking, and connecting with each other. Jane’s Walks are free and anyone can participate! Wear comfortable shoes, meet your tour leader in the designated meeting spot, and get ready for a lively discussion.

Specific walk information for 2024 coming soon.

Locations all over Providence // Free

Would you like to lead a Providence Jane’s Walk? Great! If you have an idea for a moving conversation, alone or with a friend, we want to hear from you. All Providence neighborhoods are welcome, all languages are welcome, and you don’t need to be an “expert.” You just need to bring an open mind and a clear description of your walk, including the start and end locations.

Topics from previous festivals include heritage, history, and architecture, diaspora communities and immigration, housing and displacement, transportation and mobility, food, public art and performance, public space, accessibility, health, social justice, politics and policy, community development, neighborhood quirks and characters.

PROPOSE A WALK

Proposals due by March 31

We ask that you do not design a tour but a participatory conversation, one in which you allow time for others to contribute. These walks happen rain or shine, and are all volunteer and community-led. The Jane’s Walk Providence Committee would be happy to consult with you on the details of your proposal, and we will have a meeting in late April to prepare all accepted walk leaders.  

Read about past walks. Email janeswalkpvd@gmail.com with questions or for more information.

Jane’s Walk will also take place in Newport in 2024. Check them out!


About Jane Jacobs

Each year, Jane’s Walk celebrates the legacy of author and urban activist Jane Jacobs (1916-2006), whose community-based approach to city building has infused preservation and urban planning for generations. Cities all over the world hold free, citizen-led walking tours and conversations on the first weekend in May, Jane’s birth month, in her honor. 

With no formal training as a planner and an incredible eye for detail, Jacobs wrote eloquently about sidewalks, parks, retail design, and self-organization. She promoted higher density in cities, short blocks, local economies, and mixed uses. Jacobs questioned the car-centered approach to urban planning in both New York and Toronto, invigorating neighborhood activism and helping stop the expansion of expressways. A firm believer in the importance of local residents having input on how their neighborhoods develop, Jacobs encouraged people to familiarize themselves with the places where they live, work, and play.

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