Special Event tomorrow!

A workshop set for tomorrow,  Saturday July 9, from noon to 3 p.m. at Sauganash Park, 5861 N. Kostner Ave., will ask architects, urban planners and community members “to reinterpret the urban fabric by incorporating neighborhood memories, significant historical and cultural narratives into residents’ daily commutes.” After the workshop, an event called “Walk the Line” […]

#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) […]

Extra Edition: Final #Jane’s Walk of the Season

Some of you may have noticed the announcement on the Chicago page of the global Jane’s Walk website that we’re co-sponsoring a special event in Englewood this coming Sat, 21 May at 3:30PM.  We’ve had such a positive response to the Walks we ran on May 7 and 8 that I’m a bit late in […]

Edgewater’s Bryn Mawr Historic District In the Context of Urban Resurgence

Edgewater was once a quiet suburban enclave developed in 1886 by Lake Michigan alongside a burgeoning railroad, now the CTA’s Red Line. It is currently one of Chicago’s densest and most diverse communities with almost 1/3 of its population born in a foreign land; there are 3 national historic districts including Bryn Mawr, which is […]

#Humboldt Park Gardens and More

We’d better have real Chicago spring weather next weekend! On Saturday May 7, Friends of Downtown will be offering eight Walks in different neighborhoods around Chicago… with a ninth on Sunday, May 9th.  2016. Among others, Karl Kuhn, chairman of the Jensen Formal Garden Working Group, will be leading a Walk in Humboldt Park from 10 […]

#Kelvyn Park: named in honor of the Irish-Scot celebrity scientist William Thomson, Lord Kelvin (1824-1907)

Chicago’s Kelvyn Park community is a remarkable intact early twentieth century residential neighborhood on Chicago’s Northwest Side that stands out for its distinct architecture and planning. Jane’s Walk Leaders John Cramer and Nate Lielasus led a very successful Walk in Logan Square in 2015, and have returned to lead a Walk of Kelvyn Park  there on […]