In its fourth year, Jane’s Walk MKE encourages people to walk, talk, explore, and reimagine our city together during the month of May. There are more than 40 free, community-led tours and explorations to engage people in exploring their own neighborhoods and others around the city. The all-volunteer effort includes walks and talks as well as paddle events and bike rides. More than 1,000 people laced up their shoes and hit the streets during the 2018 Jane’s Walk MKE. This year, the month kicks off with a “Ballroom Block Party” on Wednesday, May 1, at Turner Hall Ballroom.
Jane’s Walk MKE is part of a worldwide movement of more than 200 cities hosting free, resident-led walking tours, inspired by urbanist, writer and activist Jane Jacobs. Milwaukee is unique in that it offers one of the largest efforts worldwide by expanding from one weekend to the whole month. Jacobs (1916-2006) championed the voices of everyday people in neighborhood planning and city-building. She is the subject of the critically acclaimed 2017 documentary Citizen Jane. and author of the classic Death and Life of Great American Cities.
The Ballroom Block Party is a free event at Turner Hall Ballroom on Wednesday, May 1, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The evening’s multi-faceted format was inspired by the Project for Public Spaces' Power of 10 concept, which argues that "places thrive when users have a range of reasons (10+) to be there.” Attendees will experience art, music, Milwaukee trivia, food and drink, fun photo opportunities, and “sidewalks” lined with organizations dedicated to making Milwaukee better for all through neighborhood- and community-building efforts. Learn more and register at JanesWalkMKE.org.
Here is a sample of free community-led explorations available to all. View the continuously growing list and register for events at JanesWalkMKE.org.
Jane’s Walk MKE is an all-volunteer effort made possible through an organizing committee and dozens of community partners and residents striving to engage and reimagine our city through observation, dialogue, education, and storytelling. Jane’s Walk MKE is a local program of Milwaukee Turners.
Jane’s Walk MKE’s mission is to organize free, resident-led neighborhood explorations and building community connections that embody urban activist Jane Jacobs’ legacy through observing and dialogue, education and storytelling, and collectively reimagining and changing the places in which Milwaukeeans live, work, and play. We believe in building a “walkable and talkable” city, planned for and by citizens. We envision a Milwaukee that has, to borrow from Jane Jacobs’ The Death and Life of Great American Cities,“ the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, [it is] created by everybody.”