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WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — Wilmington Downtown, Inc (WDI) is leading a special event Saturday, June 22 at 2 p.m. The tour will begin adjacent to WDI’s office (221 N Front Street), in Bijou Park. Officially dubbed a Jane Jacobs Walk, the event is inspired by one of the world’s most recognized thought leaders on city planning and city building.

The mission of Jane Jacobs Walks is to assist people as they walk, observe, and connect with their community, their environment and one another, and to celebrate the life and legacy of Jane Jacobs.

About Jane Jacobs:

Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) was an urbanist and activist whose writings championed a fresh, community-based approach to city building. She had no formal training as a planner, and yet her 1961 treatise, The Death and Life of Great American Cities, introduced ground-breaking ideas about how cities function, evolve and fail, that now seem like common sense to generations of architects, planners, politicians and activists.

A firm believer in the importance of local residents having input on how their neighborhoods develop, Jacobs encouraged people to familiarize themselves with the places where they live, work, and play. (Source: www.JaneJacobsWalk.org)

WDI’s event will feature a unique collaboration between WDI CEO John Hinnant and retired New Hanover County Librarian Beverly Tetterton, a local historian. While walking and talking about the urban renewal that has taken place, photos will be on display to showcase the impacts of urban renewal on Wilmington’s historic downtown.

The event is FREE, but those wanting to participate should reserve their spot at www.JaneJacobsWalk.eventbrite.com or call (910) 763-7349. Space is limited, so please sign up soon. Additional information is available at www.wilmingtondowntown.com.

The WDI Jane Jacobs Walk is presented by WDI’s LIVE Committee.

The Jane Jacobs Walk is sponsored by:
WWAY NewsChannel 3
Reel Cafe
John Sawyer Architects
Fat Tony’s Italian Pub

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