Global Walk Blog

December 30, 2016

Big Changes at janeswalk.org

We've revamped, overhauled, revised, and reorganized the website to make it a user-friendly, accessible platform that anyone can use.

It's easier than ever to create a walk. The web team gave our Create A Walk application a complete overhaul to give users who are posting walks a stable, streamlined experience. Here's a rundown of what we've changed: The new design allows you to complete your walk all in one go, or create a draft to which you can return later. Drafts will autosave, so that your walk won't be lost if you accidentally close your browser or the tab you're working[...]

December 2, 2016

100 Years of Jane Jacobs

by Amilia

April 20, 2016

A Traveller's Jane's Walk

by Arleigh

You can't opt out of geography

Daniel Rotsztain
April 6, 2016

Walking in Panama City

Jane's Walk Global Program Assistant Arleigh Hack reports back from her visit to the capital of Panama

This past December I had the opportunity to visit Panama City for a symposium hosted by the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA). As a Global Program Assistant at Jane’s Walk, I jumped at the chance to explore one of Jane’s Walk’s Latin American cities and to interview Panama City’s City Organizer Pablo Ruesga.   My outsider perspective of Panama City was that it was a city of extremes and opposites.  The city is booming with growth, and yet there are still areas that are deteriorating and[...]

November 2, 2015

Talking about Walking

by Calgary Foundation -----

October 18, 2015

Jane's Walk, with a Viennese twist!

by Denise

April 30, 2015

Five tips for enjoying a Jane's Walk

by Greg

You can't opt out of geography

Daniel Rotsztain
April 28, 2015
by Alice
April 27, 2015

What stories can you tell?

What conversations are you looking forward to having on this weekend's Jane's Walks?

"Walking With Refugees in West Bend," a Jane's Walk in Toronto, Canada in 2014. Photo by Jennifer Setters. Jane’s Walk is inherently about stories: walk leaders and participants engage in conversations that are about the way we experience the city, and the narratives that come from those experiences. Around the world, those stories are not just diverse, but evolving — our experiences with our urban environment change every day, and the stories of others influence our own. On a recent call with[...]

April 24, 2015

Discovering Manila on foot

by Arndis

April 17, 2015

Walking as Public Engagement

by Zainab

You can't opt out of geography

Daniel Rotsztain
April 14, 2015
by Sameer
March 24, 2015

Looking at Groningen through Jane Jacobs' eyes

The first Jane's Walk in this city in the Netherlands got residents talking about city making

On a chilly Saturday morning in November, more than 50 people gathered in Groningen to discuss ways to make cities better. Most of them weren’t architects or urban planners, but regular people who just wanted to know more about city making. The occasion was the first ever Jane’s Walk in Groningen, organized as part of the Let’s Gro festival. I led the walk and presented some of Jacob’s ideas. She wrote her book The Death and Life of Great American Cities[...]

March 20, 2015

“You can't opt out of geography”

by Daniel

March 16, 2015

Stories from a Debut City

by Greg

March 11, 2015

The view from here

by Nadia

You can't opt out of geography

Daniel Rotsztain
March 5, 2015
by Calgary Foundation -----
March 2, 2015

Jane's Walk 2015: Where will you walk?

Five fantastic Jane’s Walks from 2014 that will get you inspired for this year’s festival

Header photo: "Kaloleni Estate Walk," Kisumu, Kenya -- Caren Omanga photo The 2015 Jane’s Walk festival is coming up in two months, on May 1, 2 and 3. Are you thinking of leading a Jane’s Walk this year, or organizing a festival in your city? To fire up your imagination, take a look at these five creative, inspired walks that took place in cities around the world last May. 1) Brisbane, Australia: “Kurilpa Quick Step: Dancing across the peninsula” “Come for a[...]

January 26, 2015

Share a City Builder Soundwalk or Photowalk

by Claire

September 9, 2014

Jane's Walk at Future of Places Conference

by André

You can't opt out of geography

Daniel Rotsztain
May 5, 2014
by Andreas
April 30, 2014

Zapopan is on the map!

How to improve walkability in this Mexican municipality? It's a complex problem ... but a Jane's Walk is a good place to start

Photo: This park is part of the planned Jane's Walk route. You may not have heard of it, but Zapopan is the biggest municipality within the city of Guadalajara’s metropolitan area. (This is in Mexico, by the way!) Guadalajara is the second most populous metropolitan area in our county, with approximately 4.5 million inhabitants.  In the last ten years, the number of vehicles in Guadalajara has doubled, even though only 25% of people report using a car as their main[...]

April 25, 2014

Inspirations for Your Walk

by Justin

April 22, 2014

Just Look Up!

by Lauren

You can't opt out of geography

Daniel Rotsztain
April 2, 2014

Twentieth-century urbanism and 21st-century Brazil

Carol Farias, City Organizer for Goiânia, Brazil, talks about the impact of "model city" urbanism on her city, and how a Jane's Walk informed her research on how the built environment affects its inhabitants

Photos by Julia Mariano. Our first Jane's Walk here in Goiânia, Brazil was held in December 2013 at Av. Cora Coralina, and organized by Sobreurbana, of which I am a co-founder. Seventeen people attended the walk, which lasted about an hour. At the end of the walk, we asked participants to fill out a short questionnaire with 8 questions (6 about the avenue, and 2 about the Jane's Walk). All the respondents agreed that the walk changed the way they viewed their[...]

March 19, 2014

Hello from Tokyo, Japan!

by Doug

You can't opt out of geography

Daniel Rotsztain
March 5, 2014

March 6 is UK World Book Day

We highlight some British books about walking

March 6 is World Book Day in the United Kingdom, a place with a great tradition of walking and also of writing about walking. We thought we’d take this opportunity to look at some British books on our favourite subject. Many cities in the UK have Jane’s Walk festivals; the latest to join is Stoke-on-Trent, in Staffordshire. Mark Brereton, the Stoke-on-Trent City Organizer, recommends Street Photography Now by Sophie Howarth and Stephen McLaren. Mark writes, “I've chosen it because it[...]

February 26, 2014

Hello from Puebla, Mexico!

by Ari Fernando

February 18, 2014

Walking to School

by Nadia

January 29, 2014

Watch: EveryBody Walk! Summit videos

by Claire

You can't opt out of geography

Daniel Rotsztain
January 24, 2014
by Josh
December 18, 2013

Well, here's exciting news: Jane's Walk has a new book!

Over thirty contributing cities collaborated on this, our first ever Jane's Walk book: A collection of stories about what can happen when people get together and go for a walk.

In Guadalajara, they made a citizen’s crosswalk by tracking paint across the road. In Zurich, they took turns wearing blindfolds and being led through a busy shopping concourse. In Calcutta they ventured out to the wetlands at the city’s brink; in Ottawa and Colchester, children led tours of their favourite parks. In these and nearly a hundred other cities around the globe, people from all walks of life organized and participated in Jane’s Walks – walking conversations about the[...]

You can't opt out of geography

Daniel Rotsztain