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.
Last spring, I graduated from Brown University’s MA in Public Humanities program, and I often get asked what exactly I studied.
Multiple articles about gentrification seem to spring up every week, and Jane Jacobs inevitably haunts nearly every one. Yet writers never seem to mention Jacobs’ own perspective on gentrification.
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.
Last week, my dad and I travelled back to Providence, RI to find me housing for the Fall. Emma and I both had our hearts set on finding a place in Federal Hill, Providence’s “Little Italy,” and we were lucky enough to find a perfect place nearby.