|The Round Word|
|Sweet glasses, Jane.|
I've heard people time and time again say that Philly has an inferiority complex â€” to which I've either disagreed, or said that we're simply modest compared to the megalomaniac city two hours north. But maybe there's something to it â€” not a single soul has signed up for Jane's Walk, a national event (May 2 & 3) that's inspired by the urban matron saint, Ms. Jacobs. The idea behind it is this:
Jane's Walk raises urban literacy by combining the simple act of walking with personal observations, urban history, planning, design and civic engagement ... All Janeâ€™s Walk tours are given and taken for free. These walks are led by anyone who has an interest in the neighborhoods where they live, work or hang out. They are not always about architecture and heritage, and offer a more personal take on the local culture, the social history and the planning issues faced by the residents. Jacobs believed strongly that local residents understood best how their neighborhood works, and what is needed to strengthen and improve them.
Sounds like something right up Philly's alley, no? And, though anyone can sign up, no one has. (If you're wondering why I haven't, it's simply a fear of public speaking that's holding me back. If anyone wants to provide the Valium, I'll provide the tour.) Seriously, people â€” Moscow, Idaho is signed up. WTF is Moscow, Idaho and why does someone care about it more than we do Philly?