Jane’s Walk — Saturday And Sunday

Explore Providence neighborhoods on foot with Jane’s Walk, an annual festival of free, resident-led walking conversations inspired by urban activist Jane Jacobs. The Providence Preservation Society has the details including walk titles, themes, start times, and locations. There is an intriguing variety of tours this year: Triggs Golf Course, Field’s Point . . . Babe Ruth?!

These interactive walks are led by local residents and community activists who get people thinking, talking, and connecting with each other. Jane’s Walks are free and anyone can participate!

Wear comfortable shoes, meet your walk leader in the designated meeting spot, and get ready for a lively discussion. Walks take place rain or shine. We encourage all people to walk, bus, bike, scooter, and carpool.

Seen here is the Old State House viewed from the North Main Street side. This is where walkers will be meeting this Saturday at 10am . . . a perfect way to celebrate Rhode Island’s Independence Day.

May 4th is the date that Rhode Islanders formally renounced their allegiance to King George III. The Act of Renunciation was voted on in the Old State House which sits near what was once a large saltwater cove. We’ll walk from there to the “new” State House which is celebrating its 120th birthday this year.

This allée of tulip poplars (Liriodendron tulipifera) replaced the American elms that died over 15 years ago. The tulip poplar is native to North America and was one of George Washington’s favorites; two originals still survive at Mt. Vernon, so these can be long-lived. He once sent one to Marie Antoinette.

Author and urban activist Jane Jacobs famously fought Robert Moses, saving lower Manhattan (SoHo, Chinatown, Greenwich Village . . nothing too important) from his Lower Manhattan Expressway. Her book The Death and Life of Great American Cities remains one of the most influential books in the history of American city planning.

Free, Jane’s Walks, Saturday, May 4 & Sunday, May 5, rain or shine.

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