Start planning a Jane’s Walk near you

Start planning a Jane’s Walk near you

“No one can find what will work for our cities by looking at … suburban garden cities, manipulating scale models, or inventing dream cities. You’ve got to get out and walk.”


Every year on the first weekend in May, people all over the world take part in Jane’s Walk. Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was a writer and activist best known for her writings about cities. Her first book, The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961), upended the ideas of modernist city planning and offered a new vision of diverse cities made for and by the people who live in them.

Jane’s Walk is a movement of free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs. The walks get people to tell stories about their communities, explore their cities, and connect with neighbors. In 2016, over 1,000 Jane’s Walks took place in 212 cities around the world. This year, WalkBoston’s Brendan Kearney is acting as Massachusetts’ Organizer, helping people like you organize and lead a Jane’s Walk in Boston or anywhere in Massachusetts. For more information visit

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