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Keep America Strong


A strong America needs strong cities, towns and neighborhoods.

We are working to make it happen. Join us.

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Keep America Strong


A strong America needs strong cities, towns and neighborhoods.

We are working to make it happen. Join us.

Our Vision

For the United States to be a prosperous country, it must have strong cities, towns and neighborhoods. Enduring prosperity cannot be artificially created from the outside but must be built from within, incrementally over time. An America in transition must focus on developing strong, local communities, places where humanity’s creativity, compassion and spirit of collaboration can flourish.

We advocate for a model of growth that allows America's places to grow financially strong and resilient. 

For the Newcomer

For the Newcomer

For the Newcomer

Welcome! There's a lot going on here so we've made a place for you to get up to speed quickly. Glad you're here.

Be a Strong Citizen - COMING SOON

Be a Strong Citizen - COMING SOON

Be a Strong Citizen

Whether you want to be a community leader or just live better, our Strong Citizen network will get you started.

Join the Movement

Join the Movement

Join the Movement

Be part of a nationwide effort to build strong cities, towns and neighborhoods. We need your support to get it done.

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America's Challenge


We've run out of money. It's now time to start thinking.

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America's Challenge


We've run out of money. It's now time to start thinking.

Following World War II, the United States embarked on a great social and financial experiment that we know as suburbanization. It created tremendous growth, opportunity and prosperity for a generation of Americans that had just lived through economic depression and war.

What we seemingly didn’t stop to consider at the time was that the way we were building our places – spread out across the landscape – would be extremely expensive to sustain, far greater than the relative wealth the approach would generate.

Local governments today are being crushed by their long term obligations. To solve today's cash problems, they are being encouraged to take on even more liabilities. We desperately need to find a different approach.

A study of the traditional development pattern – the way humans built cities for thousands of years – reveals much hidden wisdom. Our ancestors knew how to build financially strong and resilient places. Their existence depended on it. This was a knowledge gained painfully through trial and error, understanding we should not casually disregard.

America's challenge is to update this wisdom for the 21st century. We are not going to abandon the automobile, but we must urgently begin the process of stitching our communities back together at a human scale.

The Strong Towns approach is a fundamental rethinking of how we work together to build lasting wealth and prosperity within our communities. A strong America is made of strong cities, towns and neighborhoods.

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Strong Towns Approach


We can spend less while living better lives.

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Strong Towns Approach


We can spend less while living better lives.

We don’t lack growth. America has had decades of the most robust growth in human history. What we lack is productive growth; growth that builds wealth within our communities. We need a development pattern that creates wealth, not destroys it.
— Charles Marohn, Founder of Strong Towns

Success is about way more than growth.

Our cities are struggling financially, but we don't have to accept decline as inevitable. There are things we can do today -- right now, even with our tight budgets -- to improve their financial health.

And in the process, we can make our cities, towns and neighborhoods better places to live, communities that give people more options for success, a higher quality of life and the capacity to serve each other as neighbors.

When you run out of money, you are forced to think differently. Thinking differently is the starting point for building a strong town.

Curbside Chat

Curbside Chat

Curbside Chat

The story that started it all, the Curbside Chat explains why America's cities are going broke despite following all the rules.

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Neighborhoods First

Neighborhoods First

Neighborhoods First

Small, incremental projects are not only the highest returning investments a city can make, they are a direct way to improve people's lives.

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Transportation in the Next American City

Transportation in the Next American City

Transportation in the Next American City

Updating America's approach transportation in difficult economic times.

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Stay Connected


Now that you've found us, let's keep in touch.

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Stay Connected


Now that you've found us, let's keep in touch.

Here are three ways to stay connected to the Strong Towns movement.

 

1. Follow us on social media.

 
 
 
 

We are working with our members and supporters to build a nation of strong cities, towns and neighborhoods. Let others know that you want to live in a strong town.