Today we are announcing our first ever Virtual Curbside Chat, an online event centered around our Curbside Chat program. The event is taking place on Tuesday, December 6 at 1:00 PM CST. With Q&A at the end, it is expected to last an hour and a half.

Click here to register for the event.

The Curbside Chat is a presentation, followed by a discussion, about the financial health of our places.

  • Why are our cities and towns so short of resources despite decades of robust growth?
  • Why do we struggle at the local level just to maintain our basic infrastructure?
  • What do we do now that the economy has changed so dramatically?

The answers lie in the way we have developed; the financial productivity of our places. This stunning presentation is a game-changer for communities looking to grow more resilient and obtain true prosperity during changing times.

Our goal has been to make this presentation -- and the Strong Towns concepts in it -- available to as many people, in as many places, as possible. The Virtual Chat is one way we can extend our reach to those people and communities we have not yet been able to visit. All you need is a simple web browser and a phone line. There is no software to download. If you can run a browser and dial in, you can participate in the Virtual Curbside Chat.

During and after the Virtual Curbside Chat, there will be an ongoing discussion on Twitter at #CurbsideChat. I'll take questions and address comments towards the end of the Chat and then join others online in the discussion when we are done.

We are requesting a $25 donation in support of the Curbside Chat program when you register, although there is an option to register for free. If cost is an issue, please don't hesitate to use the free option. Our top priority is to get this message in the hands of people that can use it to make changes in their cities, towns and neighborhoods.

I look forward to interacting with as many of you as possible on December 6.

Programming note: This is our last week of new blog content for 2011. For the next two weeks we'll be running some re-edited Best of Blog pieces for 2011 -- a good chance for new readers to catch up and for old readers to get a second take at some of the best stuff we've come up with this year. We have a lot to get through before Friday, so check back each day this week as we'll be getting back to the diverging diamond, the mobility assumptions of our current approach and how to maximize value in our transportation system. That AND I have a mega Friday News Digest in the works. Stay tuned...