Submitted by Hildegarde Hannum and to the Schumacher Center for a New Economics

In her 1983 Annual E. F. Schumacher Lecture, "The Economy of Regions", Jane Jacobs argues that the healthiest economic regions are those which have strong and innovative import-replacing cities of their own. The economies of such city-regions are shaped and reshaped by complex, economically enlivening, interrelating forces originating within their own regions. Such regions, she says, become capable of producing amply and diversely for their own people and are not passively manipulated by specialized economic forces from distant cities. 

The full text of Jane Jacobs' lecture is available to read for free online from the Schumacher Center for a New Economics. Established in 1981, the Annual E. F. Schumacher Lectures capture some of the most visionary voices regarding the urgent need to transform our economic, social, and cultural systems in a way that supports both the planet and its citizens. 

Cover Photo: Blaise Edwards portraits, undated Box 36 Folder 42, John J. Burns Library. Boston College.