A Glittering Art and Architecture Walk on Dearborn Street

We had a glorious day for a Walk on Dearborn Street yesterday, and we were joined by a group of Chicago high school students who attend the Development School for Youth organized by All Stars.org The sun was brilliant, and it made striking patterns on the buildings, as here at the Fisher Building: Looking east on […]

Do we have what it takes to live in Mr. Rogers’ neighborhood?

I was interviewed yesterday for a project entitled “American Communities and Neighborhoods/The Collective Psyche”, and it got me thinking (as I often do) about how to make neighborhoods more, well, neighborly. I just came across this article about Mr. Rogers (of all people), and this statement by Fred Rogers from 20 years ago really resonated: […]

New News on Walking in Chicago!

I’m delighted to announce that there are changes afoot for the annual Jane’s WalkCHICAGO event. I’m still going to be working on inspiring civic engagement and creative responses for cities, though! After five rewarding years as the City Organizer of Jane’s Walk, I am transitioning to a new role. I’ve become a member of the […]

Why [Urban] Stories Matter

There’s a terrific article in today’s New York Times about the social benefits of storytelling. While it begins by describing the Agta, a contemporary society of Filipino hunter-gatherers, and ends with Santa Claus, I think it’s relevant for the work we’ve been doing on Jane’s Walk, and to the populations of cities in general. So, […]