‘Jane’s Walk’ urban history tour set for Sunday, June 10

The Lafayette Bridge will be the meeting point, and likely a subject of an upcoming Jane’s Walk event coming up in Fayetteville.

Photo: Todd Gill, Fayetteville Flyer

Local historian Charlie Alison will soon lead a walking tour of historic sites along Frisco Trail in Fayetteville.

The ‘Jane’s Walk’ event is part of Walton Arts Center’s 2018 Artosphere Festival, and is set for 10 a.m. on Sunday, June 10.

The tour will embark from Lafayette Street Bridge between West and Gregg Avenues in Fayetteville, and will make its way from the bridge down to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Alison will point out items of significance in Fayetteville’s urban history, historic residences, industrial sites, and other changes along the trail during the tour.

For those unfamiliar, Alison is a journalist, historian, and executive editor on the University Relations team at the University of Arkansas. He is the author of A Brief History of Fayetteville, Arkansas, and has lived in the city since 1965. He is also an executive board member of the Washington County Historical Society, and editor of Flashback, the society’s quarterly historical journal.

The events are named for writer and activist Jane Jacobs, known for her 1961 treatise The Death and Life of Great American Cities, who encouraged people to walk their neighborhoods in order to discover unseen aspects of their communities, and as a way to connect with neighbors. Jane’s Walk events now take place in hundreds of cities around the country.

The walking tour is free to attend and open to the public.

For a bit more info, check out the Facebook event.