In this hard hitting four-part series, Chuck examines our dangerously designed roads which cause thousands of deaths every year. The series focuses, in particular, on the deaths of children along dangerous road corridors.
As we continue to slide into more difficult times, it is going to take people with very strong principles of peace and justice to help us find that that soft landing we need.
Planners should be the conservation biologists of the urban ecosystem.
Density is not our problem or our solution. Insolvency is our problem. Productive places are the solution.
What happens when you get rid of minimum parking requirements in a downtown district while also adding 4,500 people to the downtown?
The megaproject is the least-dumb idea that consensus provides.
Homelessness is an issue that we as Strong Towns advocates should care about. Put simply: your town is not strong if some of your residents lack homes. How can we get there in a practical and lasting manner?
We took a system where gentrification was a positive force for wealth creation among the underprivileged and, under the guise of improving their situation, changed the system in a way that now primarily benefits the wealthy, where it benefits anyone at all.
There’s a weird war raging these days between people who advocate urban living and folks who can’t stand to live in anything but a fully detached home. I always choose the thing in the middle. I’m a Main Street kind of guy.
While our modern stroad environments discourage children from walking to school, George is fighting back, and helping his daughters gain independence in the process.
The Iowa DOT Director acknowledges that we've built more highways and bridges than we will maintain. The system is going to shrink.
Our goal should not be to "get projects built" but to have a transportation funding system that makes our people, cities, states and country stronger. While new transportation funding is needed, more money without significant reform is worse than no funding at all.
Here are our top 3 memes from 2015, created by Matthias Leyrer.
This fall, Chuck was part of a debate with Randal O’Toole – the self-identified Antiplanner from the Cato Institute – in Lafayette, Louisiana. Here's the video and Chuck's reflections on the experience.
If you haven’t checked out our podcast yet, I can not recommend it highly enough. Here are some of my favorite episodes from 2015.
It is no longer acceptable to design our urban streets to forgive the mistakes of drivers. Our designs must forgive the mistakes of the most vulnerable: those outside of a vehicle.
The American transportation system is designed at every corner to favor the automobile, and it's a system that needs to end.
Andrew Price discusses the difference between "fine-grained" and "coarse-grained" urbanism.
Here are the top 4 books that Chuck read in 2015.
Our national transportation obsession has been about maximizing the amount that you can drive. We now need to focus on minimizing the amount you are forced to drive.
This summer, Gracen Johnson documented the absurd incidence of benches and other seating arrangements built where no one would ever want to use them, then she created a solution.
Last week I received a notice from the board of licensing that a complaint has been filed against my professional engineering license because of my work at Strong Towns.
The auto-oriented development pattern is a huge financial experiment with massive social, cultural and political ramifications. It is time to start building strong towns.
When we mix high speed cars with stopping and turning traffic, it is only a matter of time until people get killed. It is statistically inevitable because we are all normal people living normal lives.
Don’t be intimidated by haters. Keep doing what you can to build a strong town.
How can we best invest cheap money? With a Strong Towns approach to debt centered on true investments which pay a measurable return and legitimate cash flow in a city that understands its true balance sheet.
Our urban areas need to be redesigned around a new set of values, one that doesn’t seek to accommodate bikers and pedestrians within an auto-dominated environment but instead does the opposite: accommodates automobiles in an environment dominated by people. It is people that create value. It is people that build wealth. It is in prioritizing their needs – whether on foot, on a bike or in a wheelchair – that we will begin to change the financial health of our cities and truly make them strong towns.
How many fender benders equals one life?
Texting while driving is a very real problem. The cause of the problem, however, isn’t recklessness but an incorrect perception of safety on behalf of drivers who feel little risk in texting. We can write all the anti-distracted driving laws we want but, at best, we will only displace the problem, replacing texting with some other distraction. To really address this problem, we need to be willing to incorporate driver psychology, including risk response, into our engineering approach.
Church leaders around the country should be doing everything they can to reconnect the social bonds of our communities. We reconnect the social bonds most easily and effectively when we reconnect the physical bonds. We should be obsessed with getting people out of their cars and back into each other’s lives.