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 […]

Chicago’s 2015 Jane’s Walk was great!

With the support of The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation, more people than ever came out to join us for the third annual Jane’s Walk event in Chicago. Over 250 people participated in thirteen neighborhood walks and two ancillary events, resulting in an increase of more than 44% over our 2014 attendance. We were thrilled to […]

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 […]

Jane’s Walk: Stimulating Imagination and Creativity

“Walk and Be Moved.” That’s the title of a paper recently published by Brian Knudsen and Terry Nichols Clark in the Urban Affairs Review. Subtitled “How Walking Builds Social Movements,” the study examined more than 30,000 zip codes across the United States. While articles about the study in the Atlantic Cities by Richard Florida and Grist by […]