Strong Towns Blog


What happens when your cheap city is still unaffordable?

What happens when your cheap city is still unaffordable?

Last week, I was pulled into a task force conversation on affordable housing by a couple local champions. The situation is this: our government operating subsidies for affordable housing are drying up. I'm putting together a "next-steps" sort of document for this task force and my brain keeps running in circles. I'd love to crowdsource from the best. Please fill me in on your Strong Towns approach to affordable housing in the comments. What would you do?

A Strong Towns Response to Homelessness

A Strong Towns Response to Homelessness

Homelessness is an issue that we as Strong Towns advocates should care about. It impacts our cities. It impacts us. Put simply: your town is not strong if some of your residents lack homes. It is my belief that a Strong Town has available housing options for all of its residents, no matter their age, abilities or income. How can we get there in a practical and lasting manner? Seth Zeren did a fantastic job of highlighting homelessness issues in his Monday Member Digest a couple months back, with links to articles about the rise (and destruction) of tent cities, and the amazing potential for tiny homes to be solutions to homelessness. I want to expand on that today.

The Country's Best DOT

The Country's Best DOT

Meet Tennessee Department of Transportation Commissioner John Schroer whose goal is to have the country's best DOT. He's certainly a breath of fresh air.

Go big or go Davos

Go big or go Davos

What is sad is that these guys are so good at communication in general but so BAD at communicating to the masses of people who need to be on board to make this kind of thing happen.

Breaking the logjam around small change

Breaking the logjam around small change

“I want more people living downtown. I want it more dense. But to permit the use to change fifteen years from now without public approval is not OK. I have this neighborhood where I have an expectation, and then it changes. That’s not OK.”

#planningboardsaywhat?

Recent news from the front lines of making strongtowns

The Gentrification Paradox

The Gentrification Paradox

We took a system where gentrification was a positive force for wealth creation among the underprivileged and, under the guise of improving their situation, changed the system in a way that now primarily benefits the wealthy, where it benefits anyone at all.