#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 […]

Guest Blogger: Marlise Fratinardo on “the Hull House neighborhood”

Marlise Fratinardo has volunteered to help organize Jane’s WalkCHICAGO since our first event in 2013. She’s planning to lead a Walk this year about the Hull House neighborhood, and I thought her deeply personal reasons for doing so might resonate with other people. We hope you’ll join her: “May 2016 celebrates the 100th birthday of […]

Chicago Architecture Biennial update: Friends of Downtown

Last week, we had about 40 people join us on two Biennial Jane’s Walks led by Rolf Achilles, “The Art of Local Architecture on Dearborn Street from Van Buren to Randolph.” Tomorrow evening, October 14th, we’ll be presenting our final Biennial event, 35 years of Friends of Downtown: What Have We Achieved, and What’s Left? […]