Exploring resident-empowered meeting places in Dutch Neighbourhoods: by Jane Jacobs Walking Action-research methodology

Fred Sanders

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Abstract

The ‘Jane Jacobs Walk’ organization as one of the Jane Jacobs (1916-2006) heritage initiative supported three Jane Jacobs Walks of certified Fred Sanders in the period 2011 - 2014 in Amsterdam neighbour-hoods. These walks helped residents to explore resident-empowered meeting-places and activities in their own housing environment for the benefit of community living-quality for themselves and others all spirited by Jane Jacobs her thoughts. These walks can methodological be seen as a form action-research by which the participating residents analyze their own data of experiences and insights. From the three
Jane Jacob Walks organized (added to the results of my dissertation as the ‘body of knowledge’) (Sanders, 2014) the conclusions are: 1. Residents favor nearby and lifestyle coupled meeting-places, 2. Beside the by the municipality organized meeting-places there are many so called ‘free’ meeting-places available, 3. Less of all these meeting-places suite youngsters, foreign people and unemployed people, and 4. Resi-dents are willing to organize meeting-place even to manage subsidizing still a financial support from the municipality is essential. The effect of the ‘talking by walking’ could be optimized by involving more youngsters. ‘Jane Jacobs Walks’ as example of action-research could methodological be optimized by test-ing the results in a pilot neighbourhood.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationJane Jacobs is still here
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Conference Jane Jacobs 100: her legacy and relevance in the 21st century
EditorsRoberto Rocco
Place of PublicationDelft
Pages174-180
Publication statusPublished - 2018
EventJane Jacobs 100: Her legacy and relevance in the 21st Century - TU Delft, Delft, Netherlands
Duration: 24 May 201625 May 2016

Conference

ConferenceJane Jacobs 100: Her legacy and relevance in the 21st Century
CountryNetherlands
CityDelft
Period24/05/1625/05/16

Keywords

  • Jane Jacobs Walk
  • neighbourhoods
  • meeting-places
  • empowerment
  • action-research

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