It’s easy to get caught up in the race to the youngest, wherein the best-positioned cities are those with the freshest faces. I understand the appeal of it. After all, these are my friends everyone is courting and I want them in my city too. But once again, I think we’re putting the cart before the horse.
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.
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!
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.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune just ran a great piece on Strong Towns’ President Chuck Marohn in which it gives the obligatory ‘creation myth’ of the Strong Towns movement through Chuck’s personal story.
The article was a pleasant read and touched on many of Chuck’s valuable insights, which have helped to propel his blog, podcast, and style of thinking to reach as wide of an audience as they now do.