Check out our new map comparing the productivity of big box stores with other types of developments.

Check out our new map comparing the productivity of big box stores with other types of developments.

Here's our most-read content from this week at Strong Towns:

The Walmart Index: Results of our Big Box Data Collection are in

by Strong Towns, August 3, 2016

Two weeks ago, we announced a crowdsourced database collecting information on the tax productivity of big box stores in comparison with other, more compact developments. We've now mapped that data for you to see.

Tractor Trailer Tradeoff

by Charles Marohn, August 1, 2016

Hauling one big load of merchandise is far more efficient than hauling multiple, smaller loads. Thus whoever can configure their operation to take advantage of this efficiency should win, right?

The Great Hollowing Out

by Johnny Sanphillippo, August 2, 2016

Toms River, NJ was built as a collection of convenient commodities and it will be discarded once it exceeds its usefulness. 

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Plus two essays from last week that remained popular this week:

Does Elon Musk Understand Urban Geometry?

by Jarrett Walker, July 29, 2016

Dense cities that want to live in the real world of space and time, and that do not want to become dystopias that are functional only for the rich, need to use urban space efficiently. That includes public transit.

Drive-To Urbanism

by Kevin Posey, July 29, 2016

New Urbanist developments are increasingly popular, yet they still betray a key tenet of the new urbanist movement: they can often only be reached by car.

(Top photo by Johnny Sanphillippo)


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