The Plus Side of Check Cashing Businesses

The Plus Side of Check Cashing Businesses

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.

The Un-paving of American Roads

The Un-paving of American Roads

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.

Who cares? Not my hometown paper.

Who cares? Not my hometown paper.

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. 

Suffocating Cities

Suffocating Cities

Road transportation is the leading contributor to air pollution, and dense, auto-dependent cities are most at risk. 

Creative Space-Sharing for Houses of Worship

Creative Space-Sharing for Houses of Worship

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.

Why One Strong Towns Member Chose to Run for City Council

Why One Strong Towns Member Chose to Run for City Council

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

The Week Ahead

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.

4 Ways to Understand Walmart

4 Ways to Understand Walmart

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. 

Big Box Stores are Points of Social Leverage. We Should Harness Them.

Big Box Stores are Points of Social Leverage. We Should Harness Them.

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. 

Resilient Suburbia

Resilient Suburbia

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.

So Many Shoppers, So Much Unused Parking

So Many Shoppers, So Much Unused Parking

For years, we’ve been told that big box parking lots need to be large enough to accommodate peak parking demand. Yet even on the biggest shopping day of the year, I found oceans of empty asphalt.

Starting the next chapter in Detroit’s suburban story

Starting the next chapter in Detroit’s suburban story

While the landscape of Westland remains predominantly suburban, projects like this are steps toward upcycling and intensifying obsolete developments: an important shift from our historical habits of build-and-abandon.

Trader Joe's: Worth the Hype?

Trader Joe's: Worth the Hype?

How does a store with a small footprint, few choices and well-paid employees attract so many enthusiastic customers and sell twice as much per square foot as Whole Foods?