My Jane’s Walk next week

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Jane Jacobs in 1961, leading fight for West Village at Lions Head restaurant, in NYC.

Jane Jacobs’s 101st birthday is coming up on Thursday, May 4, so my Jane’s Walk tour along the Providence waterfront, starting at Crawford Street Bridge near Hemenway’s, will be on Saturday, May 6. Providence’s river walks were part of a large government redevelopment project of the sort that Jacobs scorned. That only goes to show that such projects are not good or bad because they are big or small. Their merits rest on their characteristics, and it is fair to say that those characteristics are good or bad based on whe- ther Jane Jacobs would like them or not. The bridges, walkways and parks along the Providence and Woonasquatucket rivers are walkable, sittable and lovable. Jane Jacobs would have loved them.

This year will see a host of tours in Providence through Jane’s Walk, which has become an international endeavor. Many municipal and state planning departments have jettisoned modern planning myths and are now run with an eye toward principles she developed through her journalism and activism. Some of the tours will show off how Providence epitomizes these – largely because so much of our city has not been butchered by modern design and planning. Click the link above to see what other parts of the city will be celebrated on Friday, May 5, Saturday, May 6 and Sunday, May 7.

My walk, entitled “Providence’s Waterfront: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” will start at noon and stroll north along the Providence and the west up the Woonasquatucket to Waterplace Park. The tour is free, though my radical opinions on architecture might be unsettling to some.

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Me leading my Jane’s Walk on the Providence River.

About David Brussat

This blog was begun in 2009 as a feature of the Providence Journal, where I was on the editorial board and wrote a weekly column of architecture criticism for three decades. Architecture Here and There fights the style wars for classical architecture and against modern architecture, no holds barred. History Press asked me to write and in August 2017 published my first book, "Lost Providence." I am now writing my second book. My freelance writing on architecture and other topics addresses issues of design and culture locally and globally. I am a member of the board of the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art, which bestowed an Arthur Ross Award on me in 2002. I work from Providence, R.I., where I live with my wife Victoria, my son Billy and our cat Gato. If you would like to employ my writing and editing to improve your work, please email me at my consultancy,, or call 401.351.0457. Testimonial: "Your work is so wonderful - you now enter my mind and write what I would have written." - Nikos Salingaros, mathematician at the University of Texas, architectural theorist and author of many books.
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3 Responses to My Jane’s Walk next week

  1. Joan Slafsky says:

    Between Jane Jacobs and Bill Warner
    you can’t go wrong! So sorry to miss it!
    (Only a memorial service would keep me away.)
    I lived in the Village once upon a time
    When she was a force to be reckoned with
    And just finished a recent piece on her
    in the Times.
    Too bad someone can’t videotape it!


  2. Reblogged this on Architecture Here and There and commented:

    My Jane’s Walk tour of the Providence waterfront is tomorrow, Saturday, May 6. The weather is expected to rain both before and after my tour, but not during, or so they say. Hope to see you anyway!


  3. Sounds like a fun event!


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