In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Scranton-born Jane Jacobs’ The Death and Life of Great American Cities, this panel considers the great urban theorists’ legacy, especially as it applies to Scranton and cities like it. Three men deeply involved in, and largely credited for, the revitalization of post-industrial cities discuss Jacobs’ work, her legacy, and their own efforts to employ her ideas toward reenergizing their cities.
John Fetterman is mayor of Braddock, Pennsylvania. A native of York, Pennsylvania, he earned a master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University. He moved to Braddock in 2001 to work for AmeriCorps, won the mayoral election in 2005, and was re-elected in May 2009. As mayor, Fetterman has drawn international attention for trying to revitalize the economy in Braddock. While its proximity to Andrew Carnegie’s steel mills accounted for a population of more than 20,000 residents in the first half of the 20th century, the population and economy collapsed with the steel industry beginning in the 1970s. Fetterman’s efforts to create youth-oriented programs, revitalize Braddock, and attract artists and other “creatives” to his community have been featured in The New York Times, Rust Wire, and elsewhere. The Guardian described him as “America’s coolest mayor,” and Atlantic Monthly magazine included him on their list of America’s “Brave Thinkers.” In 2010, Levi Strauss & Company donated money to the Braddock’s revitalization and features the town in an advertising campaign and documentary produced by Sundance Channel.
Bill Struever, formerly the President and Chief Executive Officer at Struever Bros. Eccles & Rouse, recently co-founded Cross Street Partners. Mr. Struever, who earned a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Anthropology from Brown University, has led the company in its efforts to “Build Better Communities” through both commercial and residential projects located throughout the Baltimore and mid-Atlantic region. Since SBER’s founding in 1974, Struever has been the driving force behind community revitalization efforts that bolster entire neighborhoods. Struever has played a key role in the Baltimore’s revitalization through his passion, creativity and commitment to rebuilding the city. His vision has been to help Baltimore lead the country in urban revitalization, adaptive reuse of economically obsolete industrial buildings, and Brownfields development. Among other recognition, he has been dubbed “Marylander of the Year” by the Baltimore Sun, awarded the Chesapeake Bay Foundation Award and the Florence Beck Kurdle Award for Community Activism, as well as Baltimore’s Extraordinary Technology Advocate Award from the Greater Baltimore Technology Council.
Mayor Chris Doherty has been mayor of Scranton, Pennsylvania, since 2001 and presided over the most dramatic transformation in the city’s history, seeing new construction, the rehabilitation of architectural landmarks, and the revitalization of parks and neighborhoods. Mayor Doherty was elected President of the Pennsylvania League of Cities and Municipalities in 2006. In 2008, he received the PLCM Distinguished Community Service Award, the Local Government Award for Excellence and was inducted into the Keystone Society for Tourism. Doherty was recognized by the United States Conference of Mayors in 2008 for his efforts to protect the City’s tree canopy. In addition, he serves as a member of the steering committee for the Mayor’s Innovation Project, a learning network of America’s mayors dedicated to efficient government.
A journalist living in Pittsburgh, Kate Giammarise helped found and now co-edits RustWire.com, a news web site and collaborative multi-media project about Rust Belt cities. She also covers the steel industry for a daily trade publication. Kate spent several years working at daily newspapers in Ohio, where her coverage of government, politics, business, environmental issues, urban issues and social services won numerous awards. She has reported from 14 states, Canada, England, Singapore and China. A native of Erie, PA, she is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh.
RustWire.com: We have a lot to learn from each other. Pittsburgh. Cleveland. Detroit. Youngstown. St. Louis. Cincinnati. Buffalo. Milwaukee.
More than a dozen cities; the same set of problems.
RustWire’s site is intended to consolidate thoughtful, constructive stories about post-industrial cities across the Rust Belt. It was developed by two former newspaper reporters with ties to five Rust Belt cities, and it is maintained with help from half a dozen others from across the region. RustWire aims to present a balanced, realistic view of our cities, the challenges they face and the assets they maintain.
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|Oct 1, 2011 - 4:00 pm||Jane Jacobs & The Death and Life of American Rust Belt Cities||Melberger Arts Center Gallery
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Scranton, PA 18503