Saturday, May 6 2023 – 4:30pm

WALK LEADER: Ashley Hahn, writer + Jane’s Walk PHL city organizer
MEETNG PLACE: Fountain at S. 3rd and Bainbridge streets
Rain or Shine. Free. All are welcome.

This walk ambles through an enduring landscape of social reform: Public drinking fountains!

We’ll visit several fountains, from Queen Village to Old City, to dip into the early 20th century’s intersecting reform movements — from public health and the city beautiful movement to temperance and the humane treatment of animals. We’ll talk about the long struggle to deliver clean water to Philadelphians – one that still rings true after a recent chemical spill in the Delaware River – and use water as a lens to talk about how public infrastructure can lead to a more humane city.

Walk begins at the fountain at 3rd and Bainbridge streets, and will end near 2nd and Race. For those who wish to continue the conversation, we can refresh ourselves at a nearby watering hole.

  • Walk duration: approximately 1.5 hours
  • Walk starts near stops for the Route 40 and 45 buses.
  • Accessibility considerations: Busy sidewalks and street noise. No stairs. Frequent stops.
  • Dogs that get along with others are welcome
  • Kid friendly: splashable!