'Learn to tell your neighborhood's story' workshop materials available

PlanCharlotte.org, an online publication of the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, sponsored free neighborhood workshops March 3, and March 7, to offer residents ways they could learn more about their neighborhoods. The workshops were intended, in part, to encourage residents to organize Jane's Walks through their neighborhoods the first weekend in May.

Jane's Walks are an international initiative, in honor of writer and advocate Jane Jacobs, in which residents of towns and cities all over the globe get together to walk through neighborhoods, observing new things and building a sense of community. Charlotte-area Jane's Walks are sponsored by PlanCharlotte.org, with funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The City of Charlotte partnered in organizing the March 3 and March 7 workshops.

To learn more about Jane's Walks or to publicize a Jane's Walk in Charlotte, see janeswalk.org/charlotte. See articles about Charlotte's 2014 Jane's Walks here and about 2013 Jane's Walks here.

To read the presentations from the speakers at PlanCharlotte’s workshops, “Learn to tell your neighborhood's story,” March 3 and March 7, please click on the links below to download a PDF version of the materials. 

To learn more about Jane's Walks in Charlotte, or for help in organizing a Jane's Walk, contact Lisa Shepard at the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, 704-687-1205.

Some Jane's Walks are already in the works:

  • May 1, Myers Park history walk, with Charlotte Museum of History
  • May 2, 1:30 p.m., East Charlotte Munching Tour with Tom Hanchett, with Levine Museum of the New South. (THIS WALK IS NOW FULL)
  • May 2, 9-11:30 a.m., creek-walk and cleanup, Cordelia Park, with Keep Charlotte Beautiful
  • May 2, Revolution Park neighborhood creek-walk along Irwin Creek, part of “City of Creeks” project
  • May 3, 3 p.m., Elmwood/Pinewood Cemetery walk in Fourth Ward
  • Plaza Midwood Jane’s Walk on bikes, probably May 3