City Walks: Discover Charlotte's Neighborhood Stories

charlotte CITY WALKS Is Going virtual in 2021


After canceling 2020's City Walks program due to the pandemic, we're back this year, in a new, virtual format.  Walks will be available via the Clio app, which provides free, public walking tours that highlight the city’s neighborhoods. They’re intended to inspire people to get better acquainted with their own neighborhoods, to learn about parts of the city they don’t know well, and to connect with others living in Charlotte.

The walks are free and open to all. They'll be available starting in May, with instructions on how to access, download and use the Clio app to follow walking tours right from your phone. Self-guided walking tours are also available through historian Tom Hanchett's History South website.

“Like everything else, this year’s Charlotte City Walks look different. Instead of tours led by a walk leader, we’re offering self-guided tours for people to take with their family or COVID bubbles,” said Angelique Gaines of the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute. “One thing remains the same: City Walks connect people to our city through its neighborhoods and encourage them to get involved in the
city we’re building together.”

This year’s walks are flexible, allowing people to explore the city on their own timeline with free, self-guided tours available at Unlike previous City Walks, there’s no need to register, and there are no limits on ticket availability. City Walks encourages participants to follow safety precautions while touring, including wearing masks and staying six feet away from people outside their group.

Check back soon for a complete list of walks. 

UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, organizes City Walks with assistance from the Foundation For the Carolinas, and local partnerships.

[See an archived list of 2019 walks here]


Here’s a quick primer, courtesy of the group:


Is this just a Charlotte thing?

Activist Jane Jacobs celebrated the power of everyday people to shape their city.

Activist Jane Jacobs celebrated the power of everyday people to shape their city.

City Walks are part of a global celebration – known in many cities as Jane Jacobs Walks or Jane’s Walks – of free, citizen-led walking tours inspired by Jane Jacobs, a famous neighborhood champion who lived in New York and Toronto.

Born May 4, 1916, Jane Jacobs was a writer, activist and urban thinker who championed a community-based approach, based on what she observed in her neighborhood, Greenwich Village. She saw cities as ecosystems with their own logic and dynamism. She encouraged residents to get engaged and to explore where they lived, worked and played.

Scorned at the time – the 1960s – by many professional planners, architects and city officials, Jacobs’ books and ideas are now routinely taught in planning and architecture schools.

Jane's Walks take place around the world during the first weekend in May, to honor her birthday, but in Charlotte they take place throughout May.

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