Here are the three core characteristics you need for a successful urban center, plus how to creatively make them happen on a shoestring budget.
A new community center could've fallen victim to the typical auto-oriented public project pitfalls. Instead, local designers created a walkable, bikeable neighborhood amenity that is spurring fresh development.
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.
Respected economists know that investing in infrastructure clearly makes us richer. It's obvious. No further discussion needed... Respected economists are wrong.
Potholes, buses and hot air balloons were among our most read topics this week.
"If you are someone at all interested in Architecture, Urban Planning, Landscape Design, Urbanism, or just why in the hell your town is designed so horribly, and how little ole you might actually have something to say about it, then you want to be following Strong Towns."
Corner stores offer convenience, familiarity, and a small business opportunity in a hyper-local setting. But they're a rare commodity.
Maybe one-way to two-way street conversions aren't the silver bullet solution we make them out to be.
How do we bridge the physical gap between regional mass transit options and city destinations? The answer may rest in the growing movement of bike share.
A super-grid system could improve bussing in Dallas and other similarly-built cities.
American communities need to shift away from a big box retail strategy to a local, placemaking retail strategy. When placemaking urban centers become the default model, local retailers flourish and a broad, diverse Democratized Economy emerges.
Residents in cities across the country are coming face to face with the reality that they can't have functioning roads without paying for them, and that bill comes due more often than they might like.
Duncan's approach -- and the bipartisan approach of others who would shower money on our current system -- can only make our fragility problem worse. This thinking scares me.
Our neighborhoods and our cities would improve if more of us lived in places where “bumping into someone on the street” didn’t involve heavy traffic and a fender bender.
My urban walks in cities around the world have shown me the richness of places that embrace walking, and why encouraging walkable environments in cities is quite simply the right thing to do.
Soon after this couple moved to Rockford, IL they found there was work to be done to make it a stronger town. They recently shared the impact of the Strong Towns movement on that work.
Chuck and Rachel discuss Chuck's recent vacation, favorite summer movies, Suburban Poverty week and Chuck's recent essay about the future of the US economy.
You cannot build a place of enduring value that isn't homey, that isn't loved.
If the global economy is like a hot air balloon, we're only given the option to continually go higher -- despite the risk -- or cut all the air and crash. Those options aren't good enough.
Here's what got the most reads on our site this week.