Even after last year’s activities surrounding the marking of 100 years since her birth, we are continuing to live in what might be called A Jane Jacobs Moment. A documentary about her activism, Citizen Jane: Battle for the City, was released in April. One of the film’s producers is Robert Hammond, a co-founder of Friends of the High Line. I wrote about the work of Hammond and Joshua David, the visionaries behind the creation of the High Line, in my 2013 book Create Your Future the Peter Drucker Way.
The Vogue article brings things full circle for that publication. In her early 20s, Jacobs (when she was still Jane Butzner) freelanced there, along with Harper’s Bazaar and elsewhere. I’m particularly interested in Jacobs and her work because, like me, she was born and raised in Scranton, Pa., and even graduated from the same high school, Scranton Central, (albeit many years before). I wrote about this briefly in 2011, in my post “The Richard Florida/Peter Drucker/Jane Jacobs Connection.” Jacobs’ biographer Kanigel spoke at the Lackawanna County Library System’s Lecture Series last year at the Scranton Cultural Center.
The books, articles and film about Jacobs are unlikely to be the last. To exert influence and truly change the world for the better, as she did, we can all learn from such Jacobs attributes as taking a persuasive and persistent stand for what we believe in; communicating clearly and often; and living in congruence with our deepest ideals, values and aspirations.
Agreed, David; and well said! https://t.co/VqDv94yOgp