Walk the Walk with #FoD

Friends of Downtown has been a leading civic voice advocating, educating and celebrating downtown Chicago for almost 35 years. We brought the concept of the global #Jane’s Walk to Chicago in 2013, and as Spring 2015 arrives, we are looking forward to better integrating Jane’s WalkCHICAGO into what we do. So it would be great […]

A genealogy: #Holly Whyte, #Jane Jacobs and #Jane’s WalkCHICAGO

Crawling into the dog days of August, there was a terrific blog post on the website of The Project for Public Spaces this week (and also on Twitter), summarizing the career of William (“Holly”) Whyte.  As a recovering New Yorker, I knew some of his story, but this post added lots of fascinating and informative […]

Arts & Public Life: Theaster Gates

This week, I had the privilege of touring Theaster Gates’ Arts Incubator and Dorchester Projects, and hearing him talk about his extraordinarily multi-faceted art practice. Gates describes himself as “wearing three hats”: • The artist whose practice includes performance, sculpture, installation, and large-scale urban intervention; • The real estate developer who has assembled a portfolio […]

Quotes that sum it up for me… and not just by Jane Jacobs

“What is the city but the people?,” William Shakespeare, Coriolanus, Act III “The ballet of the good city sidewalk never repeats itself from place to place, and in any one place is always replete with new improvisations.” Jane Jacobs “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” Winston Churchill “What Jacobs did, above all, was […]

Welcome to Jane’sWalkCHICAGO!

I’ve always REALLY loved cities. Being in them, walking around in them, watching people, feeling the buildings and the space around me. Those are the number one things in my personal hierarchy – I can’t separate these activities from each other. Talking and reading about cities is second. So it made sense that in May […]