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Jane’s Walks Honor Jacobs’ Legacy with Neighborhood Tours in Early May

janes-walk-2010In honor of the late activist and author Jane Jacobs, Jane’s Walk USA — a non-profit that helps local citizens across America organize community walking tours — will be hosting a number of tours in New York City on May 1 and 2. Jane Jacobs believed strongly that local residents understand best how their neighborhood works, and what is needed to strengthen and improve them, so all Jane’s Walks are led by local people. Jane’s Walks are also all given for free. Events slated for New York City will include: the challenges facing the Columbia Street waterfront district of Brooklyn; little-known parts of Spanish Harlem; a Who’s Who tour of the Upper West Side; and a bicycle tour of Broadway led by urban critic and journalist Roberta Gratz. Jane’s Walk tours combine the simple act of exploring neighborhoods with personal observations, local history, and civic engagement, which MAS also actively promotes. For more information about Jane’s Walk USA and its upcoming New York City tours, visit janeswalkusa.org. Also on May 1 and 2 are the MAS walking tours Cool Green Edge: Central Park West.