Nathaniel Hood has been a regular contributor for Strong Towns since 2011 and was the first person to ever donate money to Strong Towns. He is a founding member of Streets.MN and lives in St. Paul. Nate can be found online at Thoughts on the Urban Environment and Streets.MN. Nate also runs a weekly newsletter that includes two short, smart, witty paragraphs, and one local Twin Cities recommendation. You can sign up here.
Podcasts Nate is featured in:
This is the beauty of tactical urbanism: even in its failures, you find success.
Nate Hood chats with Chuck Marohn about pedestrian safety efforts—the good, the bad and the ugly—in his hometown of St. Paul, MN.
It was going to be great, but it didn't turn out like the planners said it would.
What will happen to Homeowner's Associations in an America with increasing suburban poverty? It will be messy.
In Austin, MN an old K-Mart was transformed into a popular museum—a big box reuse success! Or was it?
Here is a quick how-to guide for dealing with people who claim your city lacks adequate parking.
Pedestrian safety programs acknowledge a problem, but fail to truly solve it.
This is how we do business in America. We’ve dedicated our resources to building new things with little regard to fixing it first.
This story is not unique: a mid-sized Minnesota town is preparing to adopt a 50-year-old neighborhood. As the neighborhood struggles to pay for long-term maintenance on its roads and pipes, it seems like neither annexation nor autonomy will really solve the problem.
The American transportation system is designed at every corner to favor the automobile, and it's a system that needs to end.
Getting even modest pedestrian improvements can be an uphill battle. We have a design bias and process that is inherently unfriendly to pedestrians and bicycles.
Dear Milwaukee, learn from the mistakes you didn't make. Don't build an entertainment district. Instead, let your city develop incrementally.
Great cities are chaotic. It's what makes them interesting. Regulating out things like Little Free Libraries does nothing but hurt your city.
The structural problem in our road building system is that we’ve based these large financial decisions on faulty premises and inaccurate estimations. We’ve justified and enabled the subsidizing of less efficient forms of development through the aid of cost-benefit analysis. The 494 /169 interchange looks great on paper at first glance. It’s going to create jobs, handle more traffic, help the economy, and save time.
Engagement photos are either urban or rural. They are either a former factory or a leafy meadow, the brick wall of a forgotten factory or an empty beach. Never the subdivision. Never the cul-de-sac.
Four simple steps to combat those who claim that there isn't enough parking in your downtown or neighborhood.
A vast majority of our infrastructure is predicated on treating non-automobiles as second-class citizens. This is the status quo. One doesn't need to look far to find examples.
The 10th Avenue Bridge is a local street with a local bridge that serves local traffic. Yet, in many cases, the general public narrative finds it necessary to criticize state legislators for not allocating money to support a project that has no state or regional significance. Herein lies the disconnect between how we think transportation financing works and how it actually works.