This article tells the story of Jane’s Walk, a festival that began as a one-city memorial to the great urban thinker Jane Jacobs, and has since evolved into a movement spanning nearly 200 cities around the world.
What if you could relive the same day over and over again until you got it right? It sounds like fantasy, but much like Phil in the film Groundhog Day, we become experts at the things we relive every day—routines like commuting.
Since I moved to Providence, I’ve admired its beautiful network of zebra crosswalks.
When I move, I can’t wait to continue exploring the rest of Providence. As someone who grew up in a midsize city, I find the place totally fascinating. About 40,000 fewer people live in Providence proper than in Kitchener, Ontario (my hometown), but Providence is also about 3 times denser.
Kitchener’s recent downtown renewal seems to have genuinely turned around the atmosphere there. The new wider sidewalks with sloped curbs not only make the sidewalks more pedestrian friendly, they also make the roadways less daunting as well. J-walking has become much easier because of the reduced distance between sidewalks and the slower speed of cars […]