Jane’s Walks

Jane’s Walks – Albuquerque – 2021 will be Self-Guided.

Hopefully in 2022 the Walks will be Volunteer-Led

 

Jane’s Walks are held in over 200 cities worldwide and are named after Jane Jacobs. Jacobs was a pioneer in protecting neighborhoods and her 1961 book, Death and Life of Great American Cities, was a wakeup call for many to protect and save their neighborhood. Jane’s Walks are volunteer led and are held in early May to celebrate her birthday and urban neighborhoods.

Several of us had hoped to conduct Albuquerque’s first Jane’s Walks event in May 2020. Unfortunately, the pandemic prevented that from happening.

This year’s Jane’s Walks are slated for the weekend of May 8 and 9. With the pandemic situation still uncertain, we are offering several self-guided walks as an alternative to volunteer-led walks. You can take any of this year’s self-guided walks whenever it is convenient for you.

Since most of Albuquerque was developed after World War II and built around driving, our walks are a refreshing alternative as they go through neighborhoods built for walking. Before cars became predominant, houses were built closer to each other, the streets were narrower and less circuitous, the blocks shorter, and retail and commercial establishments were oftentimes intermixed with houses. All this made and still makes it easier to get around on foot. It also makes for very interesting casual walks that keep your attention from beginning to end.

Walk # 1 features the art and architecture along or near Mountain Road. The walk begins and ends near the intersection of 12th Street and Mountain Road and heads east. It will take you through some of Albuquerque’s oldest and nicest neighborhoods near Downtown. Along the way you’ll see wonderful artwork, interesting streets, and the best of neighborhood living. Please click on the link below for a Map and Narrative of the walk.

Walk # 2 has been provided to us by Peter Rice of the Downtown Albuquerque News. The walk features Albuquerque’s Downtown Core and the Barelas neighborhood south of Downtown. Please click on the link below to access a Map and Narrative of the walk.

Walk # 3 is a continuation of Walk # 1. Rather than heading east, this walk heads west to include Old Town and the Sawmill District. Like the other walks there will be plenty of artworks and other items to catch your attention. Please click on the link below to access a Map and Narrative of the walk.

Additional Walks will be added as they become ready. Please come back often to look for new walks.

 

Walk # 1 – Mountain Road Arts Corridor

Walk # 1 begins and ends near the intersection of 12th Street and Mountain Road and features the art and architecture on or near Mountain Road. The walk will take you through some of Albuquerque’s oldest and nicest neighborhoods near … Continue reading

Walk # 2 – Downtown Core and Barelas

Our Second Walk was developed by Peter Rice of Downtown Albuquerque News and features the Downtown Core and the Barelas Neighborhood south of Downtown.   Here’s the link to walk: https://downtownalbuquerquenews.com/janewalks/    

Walk # 3 – Old Town and the Sawmill District

Walk # 3 picks up from where Walk # 1 ends near the intersection of 12th and Granite. The narrative of this walk begins at Villa Mathias at the intersection of Brother Mathias (13th Street) and Granite (just around the … Continue reading

Walk # 4 – Coming Soon

Walk # 5 – Coming Soon