Book Talks

Virtual Book Talk – Jane Jacobs’s First City


When: Tuesday, December 7, 2021, 7:00 - 8:00 pm ET

Event Location: YouTube Live

Cost: Suggested Donation

Join us on YouTube Live for a free virtual book talk with Glenna Lang, author of Jane Jacobs’s First City: Learning from Scranton Pennsylvania.

In her classic book, The Life and Death of American Cities, Jacobs wrote, “Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”. Through historic newspapers, directories, records and interviews with contemporary Scranton residents, Lang reconstructs the origins of one of New York City’s most ardent advocates through her first city; Scranton, Pennsylvania.  Growing up in the 1920s and 1930s, Scranton was a place of diversity and inclusivity, public education was celebrated and those with opposing politics worked together for the public good. For Jacobs, an astute observer, the experience was indelible as a foundation on which all cities should and could thrive.

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Purchase Jane Jacobs’s First City: Learning from Scranton Pennsylvania at the Tenement Museum shop!

This program will continue to be available on our Youtube channel following the LIVE screening.

Support for this program is provided by ConEdison and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs.