Strong Towns Blog


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.

Friday News Digest

Friday News Digest

Tennessee going maintenance only, demolition on Main Street, the death of oil drillers, QE forever and don't be poor and drive.

Complexity or simplicity

Complexity or simplicity

The complexity of humanity always makes better places than the simplicity of cars.

#wecandothis

Mechanisms of Growth

Mechanisms of Growth

America’s cultural belief is that growing cities experience not only opportunity and prosperity today, but the growth allows them to experience success far into the future. There is a built-in assumption that new growth pays for itself today and generates enough wealth to sustain itself generation after generation.

These are flawed assumptions.