2020 was relentless and imperative. With events ranging from a global pandemic to global Black Lives Matter protests, we, the Jane’s Walk Steering Committee, like many others, began to engage in critical self-reflection and demand action of ourselves.
Jane Jacobs’ friends started Jane’s Walk following her death in 2006, and in its early days, they created a list of principles the organization would follow. Drafting the first principles was an important activity, as they referenced many key ideas of Jane herself. Nearly 15 years later, the ideas of Jane Jacobs continue to inspire city planners, designers, policy advocates and activists. And because of her insights, thousands of people around the world find their way to Jane’s Walk.
As the Jane’s Walk movement grew, the world around it evolved. The nature of city building and the related political discourse around who gets to speak, about what, and for what purpose, were all important to Jane and remain important today. Now, in 2021, where it is more crucial than ever to engage in the critical reflection of ideas, we acknowledge the necessity to engage in critical reflection of the role Jane’s Walk plays and the responsibility it has in contributing to a city’s story.
With that said, the Steering Committee has revisited the Jane’s Walk principles first developed 15 years ago. We have done so in an effort to be thoughtful about our offering and what it contributes to the discipline of city building. You can view our revised principles here. We invite you to read through them, critique them, and share your thoughts with us by email and/or through this survey. Jane’s Walk is powered by the communities in which it operates, and we hope the same can be true of our principles.