Walkers' Choice Award + Jane's Walk

Saturday, May 4, 2013 - 10:00am to 12:00pm
Union Square Somerville

Walkers' Choice Award and Jane's Walk

 Join WalkBoston and Union Square Main Streets as we celebrate good walking, good urban planning, and Walkers' Choice Award winner The Neighborhood Restaurant! The Walkers' Choice Award is designed to  recognize businesses, retailers, or institutions that go above and beyond the basics to create lively and inviting environments for pedestrians. People who walk know that life takes place on foot. Sidewalks and streets are much more than corridors to move people from one place to the next—with thoughtful and creative design and care they can be engaging and meaningful public place .After a small ceremony, join us for a leisurely stroll through the neighborhood to find about some of the housing and industrial buildings constructed within the mid 1800s to early 1900s that forged the fabric of Union Square and established it as a place to both live and work.  The walk is led by community leaders involved with the rebirth of the Square.  All are welcome to come and share their own memories and visions for the future.

  • View architectural features that typify workers’ housing in Somerville, as well as the industries where these former residents once worked;
  • Explore representative streets:  Emerson and Newton, Lake and Olive Square, Quincy, and Summer;
  • Find out about what has changed and why, as seen through the eyes of the people who live or work there;
  • Brief “Walk Boston Award” presentation to both Union Square Main Streets and The Neighborhood Restaurant at the start;
  • Linger in Union Square for lunch and visits to various Somerville Open Art Studios, an annual City-wide event from noon to 6pm.

“Jane’s Walks” happen world-wide the first Saturday of every May to celebrate the life and birthday of the late citizen activist Jane Jacobs.  Author of The Life and Death of Great American Cities, Jacobs appreciated cities -- the diversity of people, cultures, and spaces -- and she successfully fought against developers, politicians and planners who continually ignored the needs and concerns of local residents.  These walks are designed to encourage people to explore their neighborhood, meet their neighbors, and to share their interests and issues with others.

For more details please call WalkBoston at 617-367-9255.