This June, Strong Towns went to the 24th Congress for the New Urbanism in Detroit.
Strong Towns President, Charles Marohn, hosted several events including a live debate on new urbanist issues, a member get together, and a walking tour with Steve Mouzon and James Howard Kunstler. We also used this gathering of new urbanist minds as an opportunity to conduct several interviews for the Strong Towns podcast. CNU attendees had the opportunity to watch these podcasts recorded live and even join in. We'll be back at CNU in 2017 for more.
Watch the live debate from CNU24:
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