DON’T call an #Uber: Come #Walk With Us!

We’re a month away from the 5th annual Jane’s WalkCHICAGO event, and busily lining up fun and interesting new locations to visit around Chicago. We’ve begun posting the Walks on the global Jane’s Walk page, and taking registrations on Eventbrite.  The ducks aren’t all lined up yet, but we’re getting there. I just received an […]

Retail as Community Hubs: Jane Jacobs and I Agree!

For many years, I’ve thought that retail was the most important and interesting form of real estate, because it generates so much foot traffic and colorful pedestrian activity. I’m saying that as someone who spent years working in the real estate business, but I’ve come across a short piece written by Jane Jacobs in 1956. We […]

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 […]

The ironic triumph of #Jane Jacobs’s essential insight: People want to live in cities, and when cities are safe people do.

A wonderful writer, @Adam Gopnik on a great thinker, #Jane Jacobs:  http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2016/09/26/jane-jacobs-street-smarts “Politics is the planners, and exists as an afterthought to the natural order of cities. And it’s true: politics isn’t a self-organizing system. It’s not a ballet. It’s a battle. But it remains essential to reconcile goods, like free streets and fair housing, […]

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” […]