Jane Jacobs is the American urbanist who inspired Eugene Quinn to explore Vienna. She campaigned hard for community and against cars. She explored what makes for good streetlife, and why some districts are so much more fun and social than others. Please read her book The Death and Life of Great American Cities. On her birthday weekend every year, groups around the world lead walks to start debates and get to know their neighbourhood better.
It is a walk we originally made as part of the Wir Sind Wien Festival. We will walk from the top to the bottom of the 21km Donauinsel, built in 1988 to slow down the flow of the river through our city. And it is now used by lots of groups (tribes?) in different ways. On this walk, we will meet them all.
While most Jane's Walks focus on a graetzl, we will do the opposite. There is zero community on the Donauinsel, since only a few homeless people actually live there. But still it is a social place, and many regulars know each other and feel passionately about their place on the island.
2022 marks the seventh year where Whoosh (and previously space and place) lead a tour for Jane's Walk Vienna. We thank Andreas Lindinger for all his hard work across those years and beyond.
Please bring good shoes, sun cream and your stories of adventures on the Island. It is a place where the Viennese now go to play and escape, and we will do the same.
Walk Leader: Eugene Quinn
(Hotline für Nachzügler: 0680/1254354)
photos from May here