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Wednesday
Nov142012

Your thoughts on Strong Towns

Strong Towns has a unique, powerful and timely message that needs to be heard in every city, every neighborhood and every home in America. Please help us this week by giving to the max! We need your support -- $5, $10, $15....no amount is too small. Please help us to take the next step in sharing this important message.

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Today it's your turn. 

Every week I get emails, letters, tweets and messages thanking me and extolling the value of the work we do here at Strong Towns. I was thinking of putting some of that up here for the world to see, but no....I'm going to let you do the heavy lifting today.

If you have a Facebook account, please take a minute and give us a short testimonial in the space below. Tell us, and your friends, why you are here at the Strong Towns site. What are we doing that brings you back here? How are we impacting your life and your community? How is our message important to the future?

If you don't have a Facebook account, we still want to hear from you. Please use the comment section below to share your thoughts. Your affirmations are far more powerful than anything any of us can write. Thank you for helping us out in this way.

And again...I love the reaction you all have had to this cute little tune. I smile every time I hear it -- it is hard not to. We keep on getting stronger. Let's keep this thing going.

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Reader Comments (1)

Here is my full letter to Chuck:

I came across Strong Towns recently and have devoured the last few years of Strong Towns writing (including the book), podcasts and most recently the SID.tv videos. Actually, I believe it was your hilarious “director’s cut” of the Diverging Diamond Interchange that got me to strongtowns.org.

I have always been interested in “Strong Towns” indirectly as witnessed by where I have chosen to live: New Bedford MA (hometown), Cleveland Heights and Lakewood OH after college (both older mixed use, inner ring suburbs of Cleveland that are very walkable and bikable), and now in Annapolis Maryland, a walkable/bikable small town nestled in the highly urbanized Baltimore/Washington area. I am a cyclist (the spandex kind) and also a bike rider (the upright, getting around town in my street clothes on my 40 year old Schwinn kind) and it frustrates me to no end that a city like Annapolis which is very compact is particularly difficult to ride a bike in since we have several unavoidable stroad corridors. I have been advocating as best I can in our city and county for policies that reduce sprawl and auto dependence, but most times I feel like Sisyphus and often am labeled a liberal do gooder who should just get out of the way of the car because that’s most people’s “choice”.

While I follow a lot of urbanism web sites, blogs and social media (you may have seen my comments in places), I am particularly attracted to your facet of the issue – the financial unsustainability of our sprawled auto dependent building pattern. This message is especially important when advocating for placemaking because it is a way to reach folks who dismiss sustainability as a “liberal” issue. Your (and others’) writings have provided me with a vocabulary, context and insight to discuss these issues.

November 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAlex Pline
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