We must build places that enable us to see the lives of others with knowledge, love, and compassion. This means getting our hands dirty in the soil of our community.
Chuck Marohn discusses the issue of traffic stops and the need to end them in this solo podcast.
Land use and transportation policies like zoning provide the pretense of order through artificial constructs that suppress the natural order. Moreover, they mask the incompetence of modern urban designers.
Let's stop using the terrible design of our cities as a random pretext for pulling people over and, instead, be proactive about fixing the design.
Are check cashing spots yet another way that big businesses prey on the poor and waste their money? The answer is actually more multifaceted than you might think.
Several states are choosing to un-pave their roads and replace them with gravel rather than spend money they don't have to fix them.
In closing many neighborhood schools over the years, my local school district has walked away from neighborhoods that are already struggling, making the situation in those places much worse.
Road transportation is the leading contributor to air pollution, and dense, auto-dependent cities are most at risk.
Space-sharing cuts down on the need for redundant infrastructure and decreases costs for everyone involved. Houses of worship are in the perfect position to creatively share their space.
Chuck's "Keep doing what you can to help build strong towns" podcast sign-off really has hit home with me. I'm not interested in the job of being a fancy politician — but I am deeply interested in doing whatever I can to build a strong district with safe streets.
The Week Ahead podcast is back after a few week's hiatus. Chuck and Rachel discuss the recent Big Box Stores campaign, Chuck's new house and recent events in Oswego, NY and Ontario.
It’s six years ago this month that Bass Pro – a project backed by virtually every power broker and politician – mercifully pulled the plug on a nine-year flirtation with the downtown Buffalo waterfront.
Routine traffic stops are dangerous for all involved and do little to improve safety. It's time to end the practice.
This week was all about the promise, the risk and the decline of big box stores in America.
Why do we invite big box stores into our our towns, enticing them with subsidies and infrastructure, competing for their attention, all so they can offer residents low-wage part-time jobs, pay minimal property taxes, then leave 15 years later?
In the short term, you don’t want to lose the big box war. In the long term, the only thing worse than losing the big box war is winning it.
We've written about Walmart a lot since the beginning of Strong Towns. Here are four of our best Walmart stories that will help you understand the risks, problems and failures of this megabusiness.
The future of big box stores depends crucially on decisions and facts about land-use, environmental taxes, technology, and population migration trends. Specific stores will fail or thrive depending on the health and choices of the community within which they are embedded.
Although it’s tempting to picture packing up and leaving suburbia to peacefully degrade, we shouldn’t. We'd be missing out on the unique opportunities it provides.
Chuck Marohn, president of Strong Towns, is speaking in St. Catharines, Ontario today and you have the opportunity to watch that presentation live.