You may be familiar with Jane Jacobs as the author of 'The Death and Life of Great American Cities'.
Celebrating the legacy of Jane Jacobs, the foremost urban thinker of recent times, Janeâ€™s Walks inspire citizens to get to know their city and each other by getting out and walking. Jacobs famously declared that walkable, diverse and mixed used neighborhoods are the hallmark of a healthy city and its people.
Andrew Anderson and Mary Dimas are heading up the Janeâ€™s Walk efforts in Dublin. Mary is an urban planner and Andrew is a landscape architect - both Toronto ex-pats. And both are very excited to invite people in Dublin to wander and explore the city together with them.
DUBLINâ€™S DODDER RIVER WANDER
Tour Guide: Andrew Anderson, landscape architect and temporary Dubliner on loan from Canada.
Meeting Place: The Waterways Visitor Centre on Grand Canal Quay at the MacMahon Bridge (where Ringsend Road crosses the Grand Canal Docks).
Start Time and Date: Saturday, 01 May 2010, 12:00 noon
Duration: 2 hours (not including post-wander pub time)
Accessibility: Since we will be collectively marching upstream along the shores of an urban watercourse, uneven terrain and tricky navigation are to be expected and may pose a challenge for accessibility.
DUBLINâ€™S RANELAGH VILLAGE WANDER
Tour Guide: Andrew Anderson, landscape architect, Ranelagh resident and temporary Dubliner on loan from Canada.
Meeting Place: Immediately in front of the Ranelagh Luas (light rail) station on Ranelagh Road, just beside the Luas overpass.
Start Time and Date: Sunday, 02 May, 12:00 noon
Duration:1.5 hours (not including post-wander pub time)
Accessibility: We will be manoeuvring streets, laneways and paved paths through the village.
Tour Guide: Kaethe Burt-Oâ€™Dea
Meeting Place: At the compost garden on Sitric Road, accessible from Arbour Hill on the south west corner of Sitric Road opposite Lilliput Press.
Start Time and Date: 2pm- 4pm on Saturday May 1st
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There's still savage riding to be had up the moutains AFAIK!
Tour Guide: Kaethe Burt-O’Dea
Stoneybatter is an area of diverse contrasts. Deeply-rooted in a Dublin working-class tradition, the typical terraces of pale yellow brick artisan dwellings were originally built to house employees from the nearby Guinness Brewery, Jameson’s Distillery and the Cattle Market on the North Circular Road. Today, these elderly residents live adjacent to a more recent influx of young professionals residing in new apartment complexes as well as European, Asian and African immigrants (now just under 50% of the population) attracted by the “Celtic Tiger economy”, adding a new dimension to the area.
Although the nearby Smithfield area received considerable Celtic Tiger investment, many pockets of existing social deprivation remained neglected. The wholesale fruit and vegetable market hub which provided low priced fresh food to the neighbourhood was relocated, the traditional monthly horse fair marginalized and the social and economic activity promised by the redevelopment of this traditional market into the largest urban square in Europe never transpired. The high street scaled commercial units, which have never been filled, enclose a windswept open space which has been referred to as a ‘ghost town’ of ‘disused’ warehouses’ by the media.
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