Pedestrians can hit the pavement around Charlotte with more than 21 free City Walks starting today and stretching through the month of May. City Walks are organized by PlanCharlotte (a publication of the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute) with support by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, janeswalk.org and various local partnerships.
While some walks have limits on participation, these walking tours of city neighborhoods are free and open to the public, with the intent to (a) get Charlotteans more familiar with the neighborhoods they live in, and (b) bump them out of their social bubbles to learn about neighborhoods that are unfamiliar to them.
City Walks are a global phenomenon involving free, citizen-guided tours sparked by neighborhood champion Jane Jacobs, who lived in both New York and Toronto.
Foodies of Charlotte, the Munching Tours will be calling your name, with stops in different neighborhoods depending on the day, including the Nile Grocery in East Charlotte, Jasmine Grill on South Boulevard and Manolo’s Bakery on Central Avenue. (Don’t forget some cash for the actual lunch portion.)
History buffs, check out tours with historical elements including the Grier Heights 2018 Annual Walk for Remembrance, which emphasizes a late community member who helped shape the neighborhood, and the Charlotte Liberty Walk Through Uptown, which explores how Charlotte was affected by the Revolutionary War.
Arts enthusiast can rejoice with the NoDa Neighborhood Walking Tours, which explore the eclectic arts district and its history as a mill village, as well as the Rail Trail Art Walk, which focuses on the Rail Trail and its public art and vibrant spaces.
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