"Walk the Talk"

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 16, 2015
Contact: Rachel Moriarty, BerkShares, Inc.
[email protected], 413-528-1737

“WALK THE TALK” TOUR AND DISCUSSION TO BE HELD IN DOWNTOWN GREAT BARRINGTON MAY 2nd AT 10 AM.

Have you ever wondered how Great Barrington came to be the central hub of South County? Do you know what kind of industries used to power the local economy?  Do you have opinions about how Great Barrington should develop in the next fifty years? Join us May 2, 2015 to learn, imagine, and discuss! “Walk the Talk” is a free event open to all ages. 

BerkShares Inc. will host a walking tour and discussion of downtown Great Barrington on May 2nd at 10 am.  This “Walk the Talk” event will be held in conjunction with an international festival of “Jane’s Walks,” self-organized tours that explore and celebrate walk-able neighborhoods around the world. The Great Barrington tour will focus on the unique economic, historical and cultural aspects of this hub of the southern Berkshires, while also facilitating conversation about opportunities for future sustainable economic development.

Jane’s Walks are named after the late Jane Jacobs, an economist and community organizer active throughout the second half of the 20th century, famous for her book The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Jacobs was an advocate for strong local and regional economies, and identified “import replacement” as one of the key drivers of successful economic development.

Participants in “Walk the Talk” will imagine opportunities for community building and economic resiliency of the Berkshires’ own regional economy. The tour and discussion, which will be co-led by a number of community members, will help walkers consider Berkshire County's rich history of innovation, industry and commerce as a foundation for the development of a sustainable and equitable future.

Walkers will gather at Great Barrington Town Hall at 10am. The walking route will conclude at the Prairie Whale by 12pm.  Some featured sites on the walk will include Railroad Street, the 100 Bridge Street development, and the Housatonic River Walk.  Along the way, participants will have opportunities to patronize some of the more than 400 local businesses that accept BerkShares, the local currency for the Berkshire region.     

Walkers may join the tour for the entire route or only parts of it. Participants should wear good walking shoes and bring some dollars or BerkShares to spend along the way.

RSVP requested but not required. Email [email protected] or call 413 528 1737. Or RSVP via Facebook.

About Jane’s Walk – For more information about the international festival of Jane’s Walks please visit www.janeswalk.org.
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