America Answers

America Answers

Today I'm participating in the America Answers forum put on by the Washington Post. Some people you might have heard of will be here -- Vice President Joe Biden and Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx are two of them -- so this would probably be worth your time. I'm speaking a little after 3PM Eastern Time.

Monday Member Blog Roll

Monday Member Blog Roll

Welcome to the first edition of the Monday Member Blog Roll [Monday Member Digest?  Monday Member Blog Digest?] !

This is a new feature on the Strong Towns Blog highlighting some of the excellent content produced by Strong Towns Members every week.  Jesse Bailey, Seth Zeren, and I have been honored with the task of curating a sort of Friday News Digest made up entirely of Members’ blogs found on the ST Member Blog Roll RSS feed.  That said, if you are a Strong Townie and blog about anything relevant to Strong Towns, become a Member today to get your writing on the Member Blog Roll and featured on one of the most widely read urbanism-related blogs out there!

Washington DC on Monday

Washington DC on Monday

On Monday I'm going to be heading to our nation's capital to take part in a forum being put on by the Washington Post. We're also planning a Strong Towns on Tap get together. Here are the details for both of those events.

The Conservative Case Against the Suburbs

The Conservative Case Against the Suburbs

My latest piece in The American Conservative...

In his recent column, “Why Suburbia Irks Some Conservatives,” the prominent urban geographer Joel Kotkin creates and then slays a number of straw men in defense of suburban development patterns and all that is right and good in this country. This, unfortunately, is a lament that too often goes unchallenged, ceding a large swath of the American experience in the process. It is time for conservatives to confront the true nature of the suburbs.

America’s suburban experiment is a radical, government-led re-engineering of society, one that artificially inverted millennia of accumulated wisdom and practice in building human habitats. We can excuse modern Americans for not immediately grasping the revolutionary ways in which we restructured this continent over the past three generations–at this point, the auto-dominated pattern of development is all most Americans have ever experienced–but today we live in a country where our neighborhoods are shaped, and distorted, by centralized government policy.

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Mission: 400 Members + Delaware

Mission: 400 Members + Delaware

394 members from 49 states, 7 provinces and several more countries abroad. That's you, our Strong Towns Membership on our 1 year anniversary. Our National Gathering proved that the future success of our organization lies with our incredibly diverse membership ranks. We have 394 members and we need your help getting to 400 by tomorrow.