The best way to explore a city is on foot, which is why City Walks have been so popular last year, and filled up so quickly.
They haven’t taken place in person since 2019, but they’re back in 2022, taking place from April 25th to May 8th.
These walks are led by historians, neighborhood leaders, landscape architects, or anyone with a passion for a neighborhood.
City Walks are free and are open to all. However, many have limited space and fill up quickly.
City Walks are part of a national and global celebration—known 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 later in Toronto.
UNC Charlotte Urban Institute organizes City Walks.
2022 Charlotte City Walks
Find all the information about the Charlotte City Walks, and register, here.
These are some of the scheduled tours:
Historic West End / Biddleville
Visit the area around Johnson C. Smith University, a historic heart of African American Charlotte. Landmarks include the 1881 Biddle Hall clock tower, the restored 1890s home of educators Dr. George E. and Marie G. Davis and the Mosaic Village project. Tour leaders are Michael Webb, a JCSU-trained historian with deep roots in the neighborhood, and Tom Hanchett, author of the Charlotte history “Sorting Out the New South City.”
Ramble Along The Plaza
Off Central Avenue, the broad, landscaped boulevard of The Plaza holds an eclectic array of historic buildings, including one of the city’s most ornate Queen Anne style homes and one of its finest Arts & Crafts examples, along with many bungalows.
Dilworth & South End
Join community historian Dr. Tom Hanchett for a 90-minute stroll through South End and parts of the Dilworth Historic District, Charlotte’s first streetcar suburb.
Explore the bungalow side streets of this early streetcar neighborhood, home to the Belk department store family and nationally-famed author Harry Golden, as well as Charlotte’s first city-owned park.
Heart of Myers Park
Boston-based John Nolen, perhaps the nation’s most important planner during the early 20th century, created Myers Park in 1911. The tree-shaded avenues had wide influence across the South and beyond. Explore some of the neighborhood’s oldest blocks, including the grand estate of James B. Duke. Tour leader Tom Hanchett is co-author, with Mary Kratt, of the book “Legacy: The Myers Park Story.”
Treetops and Tombstones: Charlotte’s Supernatural Arboretum
Elmwood Cemetery is one of Uptown Charlotte’s most unique and historic locations. It’s also a certified arboretum. City of Charlotte arborists will give tips on how to identify some of the special trees in the cemetery, and the cemetery manager will discuss the cemetery’s monuments and historical figures buried there.
The Stories behind the Stones – A Walk through the Charlotte Hebrew Cemetery
Walk with Brian Yesowitch through Hebrew Cemetery, which dates back to 1867 and is recognized for its greenspaces and being a stop on the N.C. Butterfly Highway. Learn about famed author and civil rights activist Harry Golden and others who contributed to Charlotte’s growth after the Civil War.
The Evolution of University City
Come see where momentum is taking University City on this 75-minute walk led by University City Partners’ Tobe Holmes and Jordan Harris. Explore the University City Farmers Market and current redevelopment sites that will make this area more walkable, and learn about the challenges and opportunities that come with growing “a city within a city.” The tour ends at University City’s Armored Cow Brewery.