Jane Jacobs' Preservation Planning Walks
Jane Jacobs Walkand Jane Jacobs Roll 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 more than 50 years ago in an era when other city planners promoted the suburb and the automobile, her work changed the way American planners thought about cities. It is among the most widely read by modern urban planners, promoting sidewalks, parks, mixed use, residential density, local economies and walkability.
Part history tour, part urban planning discussion, Preservation Sacramento hosts several Jane Jacobs Walks each year in May. These tours will 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 starting points are listed below. See janejacobswalk.org or for more information.
Jane Jacobs Walks Tour Schedule
Saturday, May 7th 2016
Oak Park Walking Tour
10 AM Starting point will be Old Soul at 40 Acres, 35th & Broadway.
A tour originally designed by Prof. Robin Datel of CSUS, incorporating the early architectural and development history of Oak Park, Sacramento's first streetcar suburb, the transition of the neighborhood during the 1950s and 1960s to a predominantly African American neighborhood, and contemporary issues regarding redevelopment and gentrification. Tour will be led by William Burg of Preservation Sacramento and Tanya Faison of Black Lives Matter.
Homesteading the Grid Tour
1 PM Starting Point across from the Crocker Art Museum, 35th & N streets
“Homesteading the Grid” meets at 3rd and N, across the park from the Crocker Art Museum. We'll walk along the riverfront and R Street corridor to explore early Sacramento's amazing story of conflicting land schemes. The tour will discuss the origins of the Sacramento central city Grid we all know, but also the failure of Sutterville, claims to 160-acre homesteads in the Southside neighborhood, and the semi-cooperative homestead associations created in the aftermath of over 700 "ejectment suits" in 1868. Tour will be led by Andrew McLeod, Confluence Tours, LLC.
Punk Rock Bike Ride
4 PM Starting in front of the Crest Theater, 10th & K streets
4 PM: "Punk Rock Bike Ride" meets in front of the historic Crest Theatre at 10th & K Street, for a ride that will visit sites associated with rock & roll and punk music history in Sacramento, including performance venues, punk houses, and other significant sites of interest. The tour will discuss how Sacramento's counterculture and youth movements, from the late 1960s through the 1990s, shaped the cultural space of downtown and midtown Sacramento, including their sometimes contentious relationship with earlier generations of Midtown residents, and how those movements have shaped the neighborhoods in the present day. Tour will be led by William Burg of Preservation Sacramento and Mickie Rat, bass player of The Secretions.
Sunday, May 15th 2016
Alkali/Mansion Flats Historic Neighborhood Walking Tour
11 AM Starting in front of Naked Lounge Coffee, 11th & H Streets
This tour highlights Sacramento’s oldest surviving residential neighborhoods, and its newest urban infill. Led by AMFHNA and Preservation Sacramento Board member Luis Sumpter.