The Alps. Paris. London. Times Square. Each one of these places triggers a mental image of what we know or have come to learn either through first hand experience or from being the audience of someone else's experience.
Adelaide. Home? Work? Friends? Education? Freedom? Safety? For each of us, Adelaide represents something different, and that is why we are here. Why Adelaide? These are the type of questions provoked by Jane Jacobs, urbanist and activist, and founder of Jane's Walk whose main purpose is to promote urban literacy and get people talking about the spaces around them.
Jane's Walk originated in Jane Jacobs' hometown of Toronto, Canada, and has spread its virulent wings across the globe and into Australia to you, to me, to us. To talk.
Talk about our surroundings, about cities planned by the people for the people. Jane's Walk will take place this Saturday the 5th of May 2012. The walk begins at 10am at Ebenezer Place, finally making its way to Hindley Street, with stops on the way at various restaurants and cafes, giving you the opportunity to sit down and share your opinion and personal experiences of Adelaide. Participation is free, as the main aim is to get to you to meet new people, exchange ideas and get talking, and strengthen the glue that holds us together as a society.
What's more, you get to meet the faces behind it. Andy Watson, owner of RHD Jeans provoked the very core of this cause by placing furniture right outside his store at Ebenezer Place for people to sit. As social culture would have it, people began to gather outside the store for varied reasons, all because of the simple act of facilitating a place for people to stop and chat.
Joff Chapel, owner of Miss Gladys, will talk about the challenges of owning a store for the last 20 years, and give an insight on entrepreneurship.
Come one, come all, come and talk about your city. Remember to dress sensibly and prepare to meet different people and get talking.
Jane's Walk has been organised by 5000 , in conjunction with Clement Nyanja and Branko Jaric, both UniSA Architecture graduates. Visit their blog for more information on the walk, and website more on Jane's Walk 2012.