Join us for a walk following in the (imagined) footsteps of Jane Jacobs, one of the early urbanists who fought (and won) to maintain her 1960's New York neighbourhood from motorway development. Jane worked on the principle that citizens know what works in their neighbourhoods best and supported community based development from the bottom up. She appreciated that cities grow organically and can be a bit messy. Jane believed that cities were made great by their diversity, and having buildings with different purposes encourages lively activity throughout the day among neighbors. Jane's Walks are held annually in May around the world, to mark Jane Jacob's birthday.
Our walk will circuit around some of the recent developments in Kilbirnie and led by citizen enthusiasts will discuss how well this development serves the needs of the people that live here. You will share your views as we walk at a leisurely pace around this accessible route.
Previous Wellington Jane's Walks looked at the urban motorway development around The Terrace. This is our first Jane's Walk away from the central city, in a place similar to where most people live. Previous participants always remark that looking at the urban landscape in a different and focused way really adds a new dimension to the neighbourhood.
Starting at the Zephyrometer on Cobham Drive - number 2 bus to Kilbirnie Crecent/ Hamilton Road and walk 5 minutes
This can be an exposed walk so dress accodingly.
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