Milwaukee Turners Announce Jane’s Walk
A Celebration of Urban Visionary Jane Jacobs

Kick-off Event on Wednesday, May 3 at Turner Hall Jane’s Walk Festival Weekend takes place May 5-7, 2017

Milwaukee Turners will celebrate the legacy of urban visionary Jane Jacobs with its second annual Jane’s Walk event on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at Turner Hall, located at 1034 N. 4th Street, Milwaukee.

The event is a kick-off to Milwaukee’s second Jane’s Walk Festival Weekend, a movement of free walking tours led by community members and inspired by the Jane Jacobs ideals. The evening includes a traditional Milwaukee Turners’ Fish Fry, the opportunity to register for different Jane’s Walks and a presentation and talk back focusing on urban environments as they relate to neighborhoods, Creative Placemaking and more.

A Jane’s Walk is an intimate way to experience and celebrate what makes our neighborhoods unique. Locally organized, Jane’s Walks spark discussion between the people leading the walk and the participants. “Jane Jacobs is one of the most influential writers about cities in our lifetimes,” said Julilly Kohler, organizer and Milwaukee Turners board member. “Even though she never studied or practiced urban planning, Jane’s work was informed by direct observation of cities, neighborhoods and streets, and her belief that cities belong to their citizens, who can create and shape them to their own uses and needs.”

Learn more about the Jane’s Walks scheduled in Milwaukee during Jane’s Walk Festival Weekend, May 5-7, 2017.


5:30 PM: Fish Fry Buffet Dinner – Turner Restaurant ($20/person). Please RSVP by emailing

6:30 PM: Ballroom Doors open – Visit Jane’s Walk leaders, get information about our sponsor partner organizations and sign-up for a neighborhood walk or bike!

7:00 PM: Presentation – Turner Hall Ballroom ($5 suggested donation)

CHRIS SOCHA, AIA, Kubala Washatko Architects, TKWA UrbanLab
Chris will discuss the application of Architect Christopher Alexander’s Pattern Language analysis to the urban environment and how it can help people look at and assess their own neighborhoods.

JULIA TAYLOR, Greater Milwaukee Committee
LYNNE McCORMAK, Director of Creative Placemaking for LISC
Julia and Lynne will talk about national and local Creative Placemaking and how it supports and encourages citizens to reimagine their own neighborhoods as places of beauty, play and people-centeredness.
Jane’s Walk is presented by Milwaukee Turners, the Greater Milwaukee Committee, LISC Milwaukee, Historic Milwaukee, Congress for the New Urbanism, Urban Milwaukee, 88Nine Radio Milwaukee, The Wisconsin Bike Federation, Urban Economic Development Association of Wisconsin, MATA Community Media and Zip Milwaukee.


The Milwaukee Turners are pleased to present the 2017 Zeidler Lecture featuring Dr. Heather Thompson on Monday, November 6th 2017 in Turner Hall Ballroom. Dr. Thompson is the author of “Blood In the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising and its Legacy“, which was a finalist for the National Book Award and was included on 13 Best Books of 2016 lists; she has also written extensively on the history of policing, mass incarceration, and the criminal justice system.

The event will include a talk by Dr. Thompson at 7 pm, followed by an audience Q&A.


May 10, 2016 from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM in Turner Ballroom
MILWAUKEE TURNERS celebrated Urban Visionary Jane Jacobs
with LIVING CITIES: Is Jane Jacobs still Relevant After 100 Years?

The main event included a presentation by John Norquist, former Mayor of Milwaukee and retired president of Congress of the New Urbanism. Following the presentation will be a brief panel discussion with audience questions.

Panel Participants: Moderator – Jeramey Jannene, Panel – architect Chris Socha, developer Juli Kaufmann, UWM professor Matt Jarosz and John Norquist

Co-Hosts: Urban Milwaukee, Historic Milwaukee, Turner Ballroom Preservation Trust, Downtown BID 21, UrbanMKE, CNU-Wisconsin

May 27, 2014 at 7:00 PM in Milwaukee Turners’ Gestern Hall
MILWAUKEE TURNERS welcomes author Harvey Kaye
author of
The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great. A free event sponsored by Boswell Books and The Milwaukee Turners.

Click here to watch the vimeo recording

March 31, 2014 at 7:00 PM in Milwaukee Turners’ Turner Hall
MILWAUKEE TURNERS welcomed historians Paul and Mari Jo Buhle
The Legacy of the 1848er’s and Progressive German Immigrants from the Civil War to the 1890’s. For Women’s History Month & marking 150 years after the U.S. Civil War, the Milwaukee Turners presented a program featuring renowned historians Mari Jo Buhle and Paul Buhle. The Buhles discussed the contributions of women and the German language press to progressivism and socialism in Wisconsin and the USA.

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