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 organized four events over four days to celebrate the work and life of author Jane Jacobs. Events included 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 of the objectives of the Design Division were accomplished: engage the city through walking and observation, activate the Charleston Civic Design Center, enhance our network of urbanists and key stakeholders, celebrate Jane Jacobs, elevate the dialogue of civic design in Charleston, and promote the Design Division/CCDC as a community resource and design hub.

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Summary of Events

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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). 

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 was 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. 

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SATURDAY, MAY 5th, 10am-12pm

“Civic Charleston Walk” – Jane Jacobs Walk

The Saturday walk will began and ended at the Charleston Civic Design Center. It was led by Dr. Nathaniel Walker of the College of Charleston. The walk focused on the beauty and walkability of Charleston, celebrated the city's unique neighborhoods and examined 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 was in partnership Enough Pie and Charleston Moves, as part of their month-long Awakening: MOTION community arts program. The walk will began at the Saint Julian Devine Community Center and ended at the Eastside Community Development Corporation on America Street. It focused on the unique character and walkability of Charleston's Eastside neighborhood. We examined the effects of urban highways and discussed emerging civic projects. City staff and neighborhood leaders were involved in this walking conversation.

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