Jane Jacobs Walks
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 3-5. Preservation Sacramento coordinates the walks, partnering with Sacramento Heritage Inc., Sacramento Art Deco Society and Sacramento Historical Society. 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 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.
2019 Preservation Sacramento Jane Jacobs Walk Schedule
Friday, May 3
6 PM: Churches and Capitol Mansions
Starting point: Center of Praise, 23rd & Capitol
A Jane Jacobs Walking tour of a trio of Churches in Sacramento’s historic “Capitol Mansions” District - led by Architect and neighborhood resident Matthew Piner. Churches are in close proximity and tour should take 90 minutes or less. Tour starts at the Center of Praise at 23rd and Capitol Avenue, then proceeds about 1 block to First Baptist Church at 24th and L. Finally a 3-1/2 block walk to Trinity Cathedral at 27th and Capitol Avenue.
There are many beautiful homes along the way and our final destination is right across from the new B Street “Sophia” Theater.
Saturday, May 4
1:30 PM: Grant Union High School (Sacramento Art Deco Society)
Starting point: Grant Union High School Auditorium, 1400 Grand Avenue
Description: Join Bruce Marwick of Sacramento Art Deco Society for a 90-minute tour of Grant Union High School. The tour begins in the WPA era Auditorium designed by Harry Devine, Sr., and ends in the Alumni Museum. In between, we will look at buildings and decorative arts by noted Sacramento architects, Charles Dean, and Leonard Starks. You will also have a chance to hear the mighty Grant Union pipe organ played by well-known Sacramento organist, Dave Moreno. The tour is approximately .75 mile in length. Parking is available next to the Auditorium.
4 PM: The Creation of Old Sacramento (Sacramento Heritage Inc.)
Starting point: River City Saloon, 916 2nd Street.
Description: Led by SHI Board President William Burg. Instead of discussing the Gold Rush or Transcontinental Railroad, this tour will discuss how Sacramento’s industrial waterfront, home to thousands of migrant workers in the 1950s, was reshaped by redevelopment and Sacramento’s earliest preservation efforts into a tourist attraction and entertainment district. Today, Old Sacramento struggles to reconnect with the rest of downtown and attract customers. How can Old Sacramento benefit from the lessons learned in Sacramento’s other historic districts?
Sunday, May 5
2 PM: Curtis Park (Sacramento Historical Society)
Starting Point: Northern end of Curtis Park, on jogging trail where East Curtis Drive meets Curtis Way
Description: Eric Bradner of Sacramento Historical Society tells the story of one of Sacramento’s original streetcar suburbs, beginning at the park that gives the neighborhood its current name and ending at Pangea Bier Café or Gunther’s Ice Cream for post-tour refreshments.