I had a good pair of events this week in Birmingham with some people very enthused to help their communities become Strong Towns. It was really nice to be back in Alabama and I'm hoping for an opportunity to go back soon. In the meantime, here's what the schedule for sharing the Strong Towns message in person looks like for the next couple of months.
April 24-25 - Stevens Point, WI - Half day training session, AICP Credits will be offered - Register Here
April 28 - Dallas, TX - Curbside Chat
April 30 - Dallas, TX - Member Appreciation Event (Strong Towns members should have received an email this week.)
May 13 - Fargo, ND - Curbside Chat
May 14 - Grand Forks, ND - Curbside Chat
May 19 - Hays, KS - Curbside Chat
May 21 - Lewiston, ME - Conference Keynote
June 17 - Boston, MA - Conference Keynote
June 18 - Denver, CO - Strong Towns on Tap
June 23 - Detroit, MI - Conference Panel
June 30 - Des Moines, IA - Conference Keynote
In case you missed it....
Every city should be looking at the low hanging fruit they can use to continually improve themselves.
Today, Heyden Walker and Chuck Marohn discuss the highway I-35 project in Austin and the need for better transparency in transportation spending.
We've traded stability for growth, but now we find that we have neither.
There is arguably no place where half a century of suburban growth has more resembled a giant Ponzi scheme than in Florida.
The Strong Towns podcast wasn't the only radio show coming through our headphones this year.
We don't have a checklist of things we are trying to accomplish that includes, as one aspiration, public investments that make financial sense. As we say in our core principles: Financial solvency is a prerequisite.
Entrepreneurship is a hot word these days. Lots of towns say they would like to attract more entrepreneurs and grow their small business communities. But how do you do it?
Maine lacks the money it needs to do basic maintenance on its transportation system. Their institutional response to this emergency is to cling to an archaic code book while projecting a value system of improve, Improve, IMPROVE.
By buying wholesome food in bulk directly from small family farms I’ve radically shortened the supply chain.
A signalized crossing is an unnecessary expense for what a few traffic cones could easily accomplish. Humanizing Brunswick Street, on the other hand, would be in the best interests of the province and city.