Friday News Digest

Friday News Digest

The gas tax doesn't cover highway costs, killing our will to build more stuff, an infrastructure "surge" in North Dakota, school district says "no" to gambling and teenage gypsies trying to earn a buck.

The Argument for Less Infrastructure

The Argument for Less Infrastructure

What would our neighborhoods look like if we voluntarily reduced the amount of infrastructure? This isn’t a purely academic question. As municipal, state, and federal budgets get squeezed there’s going to be a point at which we have no choice but to stop building new roads and even reduce the amount of maintenance on the roads we already have. We could approach this situation with dread and a sense of loss, or we could embrace it as an opportunity to get a better quality of life for a whole lot less money.

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.