When our members ask for something, we take it seriously. One request we've gotten frequently is to create some concrete resources--some how-to guides and step-by-step instructions--for building Strong Towns. While we know that a strong town is a complex system with thousands of moving pieces, we do have a store of knowledge—much of it collected from our members across the country to help get you started on making your community a better, more financially resilient place.
So we created a new Resource page to help you easily find all the resources you need. Here's a sampling of what you'll find there:
Here are the three core characteristics you need for a successful urban center, plus how to creatively make them happen on a shoestring budget.
Each one of these actions marks a dramatic departure from the norm for most places. Take even one of these steps and your town is on its way to becoming stronger.
The history of city planning is largely a story of meddling and overreaction creating ever more fragile cities by reducing any apparent volatility while increasing debt, building out a system that is not financially productive, and ruining the neighborhoods of our most disadvantaged residents.
How to build a successful innovation district where start-ups, schools, and residents flourish.
Here is a quick how-to guide for dealing with people who claim your city lacks adequate parking.
Hays, KS carries on the Strong Towns message with this concise, impressive document that communicates the trouble with the current growth pattern and its impact in Hays. We think you'll find it useful.
In honor of Jane Jacobs week, we are seeking to fill an intellectual void by providing an oath for urban planners.
Whether your church is urban, suburban or rural, these 6 ideas can help you promote bikeability in your community.
A strong town needs strong local businesses.
We provide these resources for you--free of charge--because we know you're out there working to build strong towns. If you care about our mission and value these resources, please support us by becoming a member of Strong Towns so we can keep creating more resources for you.
And if you have a specific question that's not answered on that page. You can always head over to our slack discussion forum and get a crowdsourced answer immediately. Our goal is to give you the tools and guidance that you need to build Strong Towns.