Jane Jacobs' Preservation Planning Walks
Next Jane's Walks will be May 2019
Schedule for next year will be posted below with times and locations in Spring 2019.
Jane Jacobs Walks are a continent-wide series of walks and bike rides based on the principles of Jane Jacobs, author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Written in an era when American cities promoted the suburb and the automobile, turning their backs on downtowns and older neighborhoods, her work changed the way American planners thought about cities. It is widely read today by modern urban planners, promoting sidewalks, parks, mixed use, residential density, local economies and walkability.
Part history tour, part urban planning discussion, Sacramento will host six Jane Jacobs Walks during the weekend of May 4-6. Preservation Sacramento coordinates the walks, partnering with Sacramento Heritage Inc., Sacramento Art Deco Society, Sacramento County Historical Society, the Old City Cemetery Committee, and Del Paso Boulevard Partnership. These tours explore how Sacramento’s city neighborhoods function for pedestrians and cyclists, residents and businesses, public transit and cars (or, in some cases, do not function as well as they could). All tours are free and open to the public. Start times and locations are listed below.
For more information about Jane Jacobs Walk events, contact Preservation Sacramento at email@example.com or call (916) 202-4815. Visit www.preservationsacramento.org or www.janejacobswalk.org for more information about Preservation Sacramento and other Jane Jacobs Walk events.
2018 Preservation Sacramento Jane Jacobs Walk Schedule
Friday, May 4
6 PM: Poverty Ridge Walking Tour (Sacramento Heritage, Inc.)
Starting point: Ella K. McClatchy Library, 2112 22nd Street
This tour, led by Jose Esparza of Sacramento Heritage, Inc., is an architectural journey through the Poverty Ridge neighborhood, atop the only hill in Sacramento’s original city limits, and home to grand residential architecture and a unique creative legacy. Despite attempts at rebranding the neighborhood as “Sutter’s Terrace” in 1906, the name “Poverty Ridge” refused to disappear and still retains the name first applied in the 1860s when periodic flooding sent evacuees from near the waterfront to its peak. In the 19th Century, the neighborhood featured gardens and orchards, small ranches, a winery, and Italianate and Queen Anne homes. The 20th century brought two electric streetcar lines and an explosion of home building, including dramatic Craftsman, Prairie, Colonial Revival, and Renaissance Revival homes. The neighborhood was also home to generations of Sacramento journalists, architects, writers, musicians, real estate developers, politicians, and at least one haberdasher.
Saturday, May 5
10 AM: Parks and Wreck (Old City Cemetery Committee)
Starting point: Old City Cemetery, 10th& Broadway
Description: Sacramento has an extensive park system that is the envy of residents of other cities, but it did not come easily. Meet people who fought for and against establishing many of our more familiar parks, such as William Land, Cesar Chavez, and Southside parks. Learn the secret history of your favorite city parks and hear various tales of misadventure and misfortune that happened within them. Led by Eric Bradner of the Old City Cemetery Committee, this tour takes place in Sacramento’s historic City Cemetery, established in 1849, a National Register listed property for its association with 19th Century cemetery design and its concentration of final resting places of prominent Californians.
1:30 PM: Sacramento City College of the 1930s (Sacramento Art Deco Society)
Starting point: North side of Hughes Stadium, Sacramento City College
Join Bruce Marwick of Sacramento Art Deco Society for a look at the Art Deco buildings, paintings, and decorative arts of Sacramento City College, including the SCC Library’s Special Collections Room. The tour begins on the north side of Hughes Stadium and ends in the Library/Learning Resource Center. In between, we will look at the various Art Deco treasures present on the campus. Vintage photos of the campus and student life will also be presented. Parking is available for $2 in the City College parking garage. To RSVP, contact Bruce Marwick at (916) 549-5419 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
4 PM: Southside Park (Sacramento County Historical Society)
Starting point: Bocce/horseshoe court, corner of 8th & V Street, across from St. Andrew’s AME Church
The Southside Park neighborhood is intriguing and diverse, with its mixture of residential, business, and public space. It is surrounded by governmental buildings, the raised freeway, and dense populations. We’ll tell you its story, from prehistoric swampland roots, to murky land speculation origins, to the fight to establish and improve the park and neighborhood, to the rich history of immigrant groups. Together, we’ll visit the people, homes, businesses, and churches that surround the park. Local historians Eric Bradner and Andrew McLeod, board members of Sacramento Historical Society, will lead the tour.
Sunday, May 6
10 AM: Alkali Flat (Preservation Sacramento/Alkali-Mansion Flats Historic Neighborhood Association)
Starting point: Naked Lounge,
1111 H Street
Alkali Flat, Sacramento’s oldest surviving residential neighborhood, contains some of the city’s best examples of Victorian-era architecture, but still bears the scars of redevelopment from the 1960s. Today, the neighborhood also bears public artwork by the Royal Chicano Air Force and new infill development, that is modern in style but functions more like its 19th entury predecessors. Join Preservation Sacramento and Alkali-Mansion Flats board member Luis Sumpter on a guided tour of this historic neighborhood that will include historic 19th century mansions, mid-century office buildings, and 21st century infill homes.
Noon: Sacramento Northern Bike Ride (Preservation Sacramento/
Grant Union High School Mountain Bike Team)
Starting point: Sacramento Northern Bike Trail, corner of 19th & C Street
Ride the Sacramento Northern Bike Trail, former route of an electric railroad that ran from Chico to San Francisco via Sacramento, carrying passengers and freight through the Sacramento Valley. Our route takes us over the American River and ends on Del Paso Boulevard, a total trip of about 3.5 miles. We will explore the history of North Sacramento, including its connection to Sacramento’s African American community during World War II and the redevelopment era. Sites we will visit include the Sacramento Northern Bridge, Union Iron Works, the site of North Sacramento’s electric train station, and one of the filming locations for the movie “Lady Bird.” This tour ends at 1124 Del Paso Boulevard, starting point for the following tour. The bike ride will be led by William Burg of Preservation Sacramento and Harley White Jr., Sacramento bandleader and coach of the Grant Union High School Mountain Bike Team.
1 PM: Old North Sacramento on Del Paso Boulevard (Preservation Sacramento/Del Paso Boulevard Partnership)
Starting Point: Sacramento News & Review offices parking lot, 1124 Del Paso Boulevard
This walking tour will explore Del Paso Boulevard, once the main boulevard of old North Sacramento and route of Highway 40. North Sacramento had been an incorporated city, now annexed into the City of Sacramento, but it still retains its own unique identity via its architecture and diverse neighborhoods along the boulevard. We will explore the Streamline Moderne and Mid-century Modern architecture of North Sacramento, visit notable neighborhood landmarks and businesses, and learn more about the past, present, and future of North Sacramento. Sacramento Area Bicycle Advocates (SABA) will provide a bike corral, sponsored by the Del Paso Boulevard Partnership, so those arriving by bicycle can leave their bikes securely. This tour will be led by William Burg of Preservation Sacramento.