POSTPONED FOR CORONA, FROM MAY 2020 til May 2021
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 tours to start debates and get to know their neighbourhood better.
This walk forms part of her 2020 celebration. It is a tour we originally made as part of the Wir Sind Wien Festival.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.
2021 marks the sixth year where 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 meet at Langenzersdorf railway station in Niederoesterreich, which is an 18 minute train ride from Praterstern, at 11am on Sunday 2 May 2021. No registration is possible.
Walk Leader: Eugene Quinn
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.
(Hotline für Nachzügler: 0680/1254354)