Louisville's Jane Jacobs Walk 2015 begins at the Butchertown Market. (Montage by Broken Sidewalk)
Louisville's Jane Jacobs Walk 2015 begins at the Butchertown Market. (Montage by Broken Sidewalk)
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Here’s another great event to add to your calendar: the 2015 Louisville Jane Jacobs Walk. Organized by the University of Louisville Planning Student Organization (PSO), the walk takes place on Saturday, April 4 from 10:00a.m. to 1:00p.m. This year’s walk will be led by Metro Councilperson and local historian Tom Owen and will explore the Butchertown neighborhood, beginning at the Butchertown Market, 1201 Story Avenue. According to the PSO, “We will be looking at the historical elements of the neighborhood, as well as the economic redevelopment potential.”

As many of you will know, Jane Jacobs is among the most revered urbanists, as much for her book, Death and Life of Great American Cities, as for her community-first approach to activism that helped save New York City’s Washington Square Park and Greenwich Village from destruction by a major elevated highway proposal. Jacobs was notably not trained as a city planner, and it’s this outsider viewpoint that helped make her common sense observations resonate with generations of architects, planners, and everyday citizens who were concerned about the built environment.

This year’s Jane Jacobs Walk in Butchertown includes a lunch reception at Copper & Kings distillery. The walk is free, but organizers have asked those interested in lunch for a $5 donation. Space is limited and organizers encourage reserving a spot early. Louisville’s walk is part of an international Jane Jacobs Walk program by the nonprofit Center for the Living City. Stay up to date with the event on its website or its Facebook page.

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Branden Klayko

Branden Klayko

Founder and Editor at Broken Sidewalk
Branden founded Broken Sidewalk in 2008 while practicing architecture in Louisville. He continued the site for seven years while living in New York City, returning to Louisville in 2016. Branden is a graduate of the College of Architecture at Washington University in St. Louis, and has covered architecture, design, and urbanism for The Architect's Newspaper, Designers & Books, Inhabitat, and the American Institute of Architects.
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