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For our October HRC meeting, we join the BSA Urban Design Committee in welcoming acclaimed author Glenna Lang to discuss her recent book about authoritative urbanist and activist Jane Jacobs. Jacobs was one of the most iconoclastic and influential writers of the twentieth century, though few people realize she came from Scranton, Pennsylvania, or how that city nurtured her and her ideas. Pulling from previously untapped documents, heretofore unknown photographs, and interviews with Jane’s contemporaries, Jane Jacobs's First City paints a twin portrait of her early years and the flourishing, industrial Scranton that she called home. The author has uncovered Scranton as young Jane experienced it, showing us the lasting impact of Jane's formative years in this thriving and accessible environment. Ultimately, the book points to the promise of Scranton and other medium-size cities today.