Architecture & Design

SLOCAL QUINKY-DINKS: Jane Jacobs Walks & Hiding in Plain Sight: Places Rediscovered

Mrs. Jane Jacobs, chairman of the Comm. to save the West Village holds up documentary evidence at press conference at Lions Head Restaurant at Hudson & Charles Sts.

Mrs. Jane Jacobs, chairman of the Comm. to save the West Village holds up documentary evidence at press conference at Lions Head Restaurant at Hudson & Charles Sts.

Saturday, May 3rd, there are two chances to be slow and local; both are reifications of idea-foundations for building great cities, as drafted by Jane Jacobs (1916-2006).

A year after her passing, friends and followers organized a series of Jane Jacob Walks (janejacobswalk.org) — neighborhood walks designed to help people experience the unique systems of their local urban neighborhoods. Some short seven years later, walks are held in cities around the world, typically at this time of year (Jane was born May 4th).

Your Choice: There two jjw’s in Salt Lake this weekend, and both start at 10 AM and end at noon, and offer samples of slocally produced food.

The host for the “Gems in the Neighborhood Garden”-jjw, is the East Central Community Council (they ask you to register on their website).  The Gems-jjw starts at the McGillis School, 668 South 1300 East, and explores the Douglas Street area, where you will find examples of urban agriculture, while slocal bee-keepers, chicken-chasers, and urban farmers will be available to talk.

The “Rethinking Sugar House Park”-jjw is hosted by Taylor Thompson (jamestthompson3@gmail.com 801-821-1449), who does not need you to register, and notes: “We are a group of students who are working on a new master plan for Sugar House Park. This walk is to allow the community to share their input and to re-envision the park to improve its connections with the surrounding neighborhood.”

jjw’s are part of an international movement, and are an essential program of the Center for Living Cities (centerforlivingcities.org), headquartered in SLC, and sponsored by the Department of City & Metropolitan Planning; UofU’s College of Architecture + Planning.

Another opportunity to discover Salt Lake City happens next weekend, May 8-10, with the Utah Heritage Foundation’s 2014 Utah Preservation Conference entitled “Hiding in Plain Sight: Places Rediscovered.” In addition to your usual conference bric-a-brac (awards, keynote speakers, breakout sessions), the Conference boasts three tours to get you better acquainted with the Capitol City: Walking Tour:Modernism on South Temple; 43rd Annual Historic Homes Tour: Marmalade; and the Salt Lake Modern Tour: Northcrest/North Hills. For more information visit www.utahheritagefoundation.org.

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