Episode 05: Scranton, A City That’s Seen Many Come and Go

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     Workers check pieces of candy at the Gertrude Hawk Chocolates manufacturing facility near Scranton, Pennsylvania. (Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY)

    Workers check pieces of candy at the Gertrude Hawk Chocolates manufacturing facility near Scranton, Pennsylvania. (Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY)

    On this episode of Grapple, we follow a thread of narratives about leaving and staying in Scranton with one of our reporters who’s got a personal connection to the city. Conversations include the ups and downs of business in the area, whether Scranton’s newest immigrants are fitting in, and how cheap housing and little crime could help Scranton grow again. At its peak, this northeastern Pennsylvania city had 140,000 people. Today there are about half that number of people. Historically, Scranton attracted various waves of European immigrants who came to be coal miners, as well as iron and steel workers. But by the 1930s, Scranton started experiencing major economic decline to the point where many left. Including Jane Jacobs who grew up there and went on to become one of the most influential urbanists ever, as we’ll hear. Check out our photo essay: http://bit.ly/2dCvafG

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