Since 2012 we are the city organisers of Jane’s Walk in Cordoba, Jane’s Walk is a global event of citizen-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs. The walks get people to tell stories about their communities, explore their cities, and connect with neighbours.
The Jane’s Walk international event arose in 2007 as a celebration of the ideas of the North American writer and activist Jane Jacobs. Her work questioned the urbanism model dominated by cars, big infrastructures and segregation of uses.
In 2007, one year after her death, a group of friends and admirers decided to organize a series of walks in different neighbors of Toronto in order to celebrate Jane Jacobs’ birthday. Their intention was to put in practice Jane Jacobs’ idea of getting to know cities by the most direct and sensorial manner. This was the seed of the walks known as Jane’s Walks.
Jane’s Walks are free of charge and guided by volunteers and have grown exponentially from the 27 walks of the first year to more than 550 walks of the latest edition in more than 85 cities all around the world.
We had the chance to get to know the event by the first edition organizers in our trip to Toronto in 2010. We thought it was the perfect activity to happen in Cordoba in May and that could revive conversations about urban topics in a more efficient and collective manner than our dosymedio’s gatherings. So when we decided to celebrate Jane’s Walks in Cordoba we contacted the Cordoba’s Pedestrian Association A Pata, the perfect collaborators for an event celebrating walks and gatherings on the street as a way to get to know our cities.
The first edition of Jane’s Walk in Cordoba was celebrated in 2012 and had eight walks and more than 300 walkers. The second edition in 2013 overwhelmed our more optimistic expectations, Cordoba was the third city in the world with the larger number of walks. More than 640 walkers in 22 walks went together all over Cordoba and talked about past, present and future of our city.
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