Join us on Saturday May 20th, 2017 for a free walking tour of the past and present of Oretha Castle Haley Blvd./Dryades St.


register for the Jane's Walk by clicking HERE.


We will meet at the New Orleans Jazz Market at 1436 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

Parking for the Jane Jacobs Walk is available free on the street.

The guided portion of the walk will end by 12pm at 2000 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd., the Roux Carre food court.

Who was 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.

Jane Jacobs (1916-2006)

Jane Jacobs (1916-2006)

What is a Jane Jacobs Walk?

Facilitated by Center for the Living City, Jane Jacobs Walk is a series of free neighborhood walking, biking, and transit tours that help put people in touch with their environment and with the people who live in their community. The first Jane Jacobs Walk was conducted on May 5, 2007 in Toronto by a group of Jane Jacobs' friends and colleagues who wanted to honor her ideas and legacy. Mayor David Miller declared it Jane Jacobs Day and twenty-seven local guides offered walks in neighborhoods where they worked, socialized and lived. Around the world, communities conduct Jane Jacobs Walks, frequently the first weekend in May to commemorate her birthday. This year would have been her 100th birthday.

From the Center for the Living City:

"Over the years the program has expanded throughout the world, and together with our Canadian colleagues we have worked to bring the power of observation to communities as different as Anchorage, Alaska and Mumbai, India. Our program continues to gain momentum and now reaches people worldwide through year-round global Jane Jacobs Walks (formerly Jane's Walk USA). Under the leadership of the Center for the Living City and  Stephen Goldsmith, Graduate and Undergraduate City & Metropolitan Planning students comprise an enthusiastic and hard working Jane Jacobs Walk team. Each year our Jane Jacobs Walk program is taking steps to bring the insights, community connections and power of observation to a diversity of neighborhoods in cities throughout the world."

Your local coordinators/hosts for the Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Jane Jacobs Walk:

Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. Merchants & Business Association/Cultural District/Main Street

New Orleans Redevelopment Authority

Ashe Cultural Arts Center


Clio Associates

The Urban Conservancy

Special thanks go to City Blueprint of New Orleans for their support.