Weekend of Jane Jacobs

May 3rd-6th, 2018

In order to elevate community dialogue on urban design issues in the city, the City of Charleston's Design Division is organizing four events over four days to celebrate the work and life of author Jane Jacobs. Events will include an outdoor educational screening of the documentary “Citizen Jane: Battle for the City,” a one-day book club over coffee and donuts, and two nationally-registered “Janes Walks” through downtown neighborhoods. Jane Jacobs’s harsh criticism of 1960's city planning practice launched a renewed appreciation of how places in cities actually work.

All events are free and open to the public.

We strongly encourage your participation in these civic engagements.

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THURSDAY, MAY 3rd, 6pm-9pm

Film Screening: “Citizen Jane: Battle for the City” 

An outdoor educational screening of the new documentary film by Matt Tyrnauer at the Charleston Civic Design Center’s back yard (part of the Gaillard Center complex at 85 Calhoun Street). We’ll have popcorn and other light refreshments. Bring your chairs and blankets.

This event is hosted by the Clemson Architecture Center in Charleston’s Master of Resilient Urban Design program and the South Carolina chapter of the Urban Land Institute.


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FRIDAY, MAY 4th, 9am-11am

Death and Life of Great American Cities Book Club

This is basically a one-time book club on Jane’s birthday. The discussion will be moderated by two local government planners, Katie McKain of the City of Charleston Department of Planning, Preservation and Sustainability and Eric Pohlman, with the Town of Mount Pleasant. Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Register for the event. (Click here.)

Step 2: Acquire the book “Death and Life of Great American Cities,” by Jane Jacobs

Step 3: Read the book.

Step 4: Bring your book and urbanistic insights to the event.

Step 5: Discuss the book over coffee and donuts.

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SATURDAY, MAY 5th, 10am-12pm

“Civic Charleston Walk” – Jane Jacobs Walk

The Saturday walk will begin and end at the Charleston Civic Design Center and be led by one of our staff or volunteers. The exact content of the walk will be determined, but will focus on the beauty and walkability of Charleston. We will also celebrate the city's unique neighborhoods and examine its civic projects.

This event is sponsored by the College of Charleston’s new Community Planning, Policy and Design master’s degree program and the Charleston Preservation Society.

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SUNDAY, MAY 6th, 4pm-6pm

“Eastside Charleston Walk” – Jane Jacobs Walk

The Sunday walk is in partnership Enough Pie and Charleston Moves, as part of their month-long Awakening: MOTION community arts program. The walk will begin at the Saint Julian Devine Community Center and end at the Eastside Community Development Corporation on America Street. It will focus on the unique character and walkability of Charleston's Eastside neighborhood. We will also examine the effects of urban highways and discuss emerging civic projects. City staff and neighborhood leaders will be involved in this walking conversation.