Jane Jacobs' Preservation Planning Walks
May 5, 6, & 7
See schedule below for times and locations.
Jane Jacobs Walks are part of 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 5-7. Preservation Sacramento coordinates the walks, partnering with Sacramento Heritage Inc., Sacramento County Historical Society, and the Old City Cemetery Committee. These tours explore how Sacramento’s city neighborhoods function for pedestrians and cyclists, residents and businesses, public transit and cars (or, in some cases, not.) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
2017 Preservation Sacramento Jane Jacobs Walk Schedule
Friday, May 5
6 PM: Downtown Sacramento Jazz Tour (Sacramento Heritage, Inc.)
Starting point: Marshall Hotel, 7th & L Street
This tour explores the stories of Sacramento’s lost jazz legacy, from the early 1900s through mid-century, by visiting several of the surviving buildings in downtown Sacramento that were once home to jazz nightclubs from the 1910s through the 1950s, including the Clayton Club, the Trianon Ballroom, Top O’ The Town, and Buddy Baer’s. The tour ends at 12th and K Street, just in time to see Harley White Jr. performing live jazz at Brasserie Capitale.
Saturday, May 6
10 AM: Pioneers in Petticoats (Old City Cemetery Committee)
Starting point: Old City Cemetery, 10th& Broadway
Description: Coming to California in the mid-1850s in a covered wagon was not a luxury vacation! Hear the experiences of pioneer women, taken from their own diaries, who now reside in the Old City Cemetery, as interpreted by the Old City Cemetery Committee’s volunteers. The tour takes place within the city cemetery.
Noon: Broadway Above and Below (Sacramento County Historical Society)
Starting point: Old City Cemetery, 10th & Broadway
Description: Join Eric Bradner and Andrew McLeod on a tour of an often-neglected patch of Sacramento, just outside the central city grid but in a whole different world. This tour will discuss some early Sacramento history, regarding land use issues from the early days of our city, and more contemporary history including the development of the New Helvetia housing projects and the fate of the Bercut-Richards lumber company. This tour begins at the Old City Cemetery main entrance and ends at 3rd Street and 1st Avenue, the warehouse most recently utilized for the “Art Street” arts festival.
2 PM: Broadway Walking Tour (Preservation Sacramento)
Starting point: Old City Cemetery, 10th & Broadway
Description: Led by Preservation Sacramento board members William Burg and Patrick Stelmach, we’ll explore the sidewalks of Broadway from the former site of Edmonds Field (today the home of Target) to Pancake Circus. We’ll discuss how Jane Jacobs’ urban planning ideas play out on this storied boulevard, from eyes on the street and active sidewalks to adaptive reuse of old buildings. We will also point out some of the businesses, institutions and architecture that make Broadway one of our city’s most remarkably diverse streets. At the end of the walk, we’ll stop for ice cream!
Sunday, May 7
11 AM: Alhambra Boulevard Architecture (Preservation Sacramento)
Starting point: Mary Ann Bakery, C Street and Alhambra Boulevard
Led by Preservation Sacramento board members William Burg and Patrick Stelmach, this tour will explore the architecture and social history of Sacramento’s original eastern city limit. Renamed in honor of the Alhambra Theatre, this boulevard served many uses, including residential, commercial, parks, and industries, traversed by streetcars, electric freight trains, and automobiles. We’ll share stories of the boulevard’s historic architecture and examine some of its newest buildings from the sidewalk, and pay our respects to the last remaining portions of the theater that gave the street its name, ending at the OBO’/KRU restaurant near Alhambra and Folsom Boulevard.
2 PM: Alkali Flat (Preservation Sacramento)
Starting point: Naked Lounge, 11th Street & H Streets
Description: Alkali Flat, Sacramento’s oldest surviving residential neighborhood, contains some of the city’s best examples of Victorian architecture, and 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 century predecessors. Join Preservation Sacramento board member Luis Sumpter on a guided tour of this historic neighborhood, and get a sneak preview of the neighborhood that will be featured in Preservation Sacramento’s upcoming historic home tour!