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 […]

#Charlottesville, Before and After

You can change the way a place looks, but you can’t change the history that made it that way. That’s a reality that the tragedy in Charlottesville, and the current uproar about Civil War monuments throughout the United States, can’t transform. Viscerally, I understand the confused, angry feelings of an African-American child staring up at […]

From UofC’s Place Lab: Narrative in Historic Preservation

I attended Historic Preservation at 50: Chicago and the Future of the Movement a few weeks ago, co-sponsored by Landmarks Illinois and the Glessner House Museum.   I had it in mind to write about it afterwards…. but, well, that didn’t happen. So I was delighted last week to come across a blog post by Nootan Bharani, AIA,  Lead […]

#Jane Jacobs and the Value of Older, Smaller Buildings

Since there’s never been enough empirical data on the value of older buildings for my taste, I’m happy to say that I just stumbled across a study entitled Jane Jacobs and the Value of Older, Smaller Buildings in the Journal of the American Planning Association (February 2016). The article supplies empirical support for Jane Jacobs’s (1961) […]

The Statues of Lincoln Park

Lincoln Park’s collection of sculptures and monuments may contain some new surprises.  Julia Bachrach, the Chicago Park District Historian, will lead her second 2016 Jane’s Walk at 2PM on Saturday, May 7 in Lincoln Park.  The Walk will begin at the Standing Lincoln Monument, east of the Chicago History Museum.  Julia is excited to share […]