On Saturday, May 7, the Walkable Princeton team will be leading the first-ever Princeton ‘Jane Jacobs Walk! The even commemorates the 100th anniversary of the birth of the legendary urban advocate. It’s not so much a tour as a ‘walking conversation’, where we aim to celebrate and talk about the thing we like in Princeton and the things we’d like to improve upon. Jane Jacobs wrote books from the 1960s until her death in 2006. Her insights, drawn from years spent observing cities, are still considered essential today. Our walk will start at 9 a.m. outside the East Nassau branch of Small World coffee at 254 Nassau Street. All are welcome Look for the tour leader with the rainbow umbrella! . Click here for a full map of the route and more details!
As we go round on our ‘Jane Jacobs Walk’, we can admire and talk about which of the following we like. (This is just a partial list- there is a lot more good stuff on the walking route!)
- Adaptive reuse of buildings
2. Restaurant Row
3. The historic and the grand
4. University buildings
5. Residences at higher densities
6. New-build homes on Prospect Avenue
7. Mixed-use apartments
8. Neighborhood mini-park
The East Nassau neighborhood is one of the most interesting in Princeton, and we will see a lot on our way around. The walk is good for anybody who has an opinion about planning in Princeton, or about what works well in our town. Among the questions we may consider are:
- how has the neighborhood changed, and what changes do we want for the future?
- does the current neighborhood work for everybody, including people of different backgrounds and income levels?
- are the streets safe for people who aren’t in cars?
Hopefully we can consider the types of development and community planning that Jane Jacobs encouraged, and the walk will give us a chance to consider her legacy!