Regardless of what my city does -- hold taxes steady or increase them by 50% -- next year's budget will be a transaction of decline, an attempt to hold on, just a little while longer, to what we perceive that we have. We have to do better if we want a country full of Strong Towns.
As the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy launches this new campaign, let's hope that they resist being just another member of the Infrastructure Cult and instead become real advocates for a stronger America.
This is the first time "stroad" has appeared in an official government document.
A collaboration between city planner, urban designer, and author Jeff Speck (jeffspeck.com), and 3D artist Spencer Boomhower (cupolamedia.com), this series of videos describes some of the most common and most effective road-diet redesigns.
The global climate is a complex system. Economic markets are a complex system. Why do we react so differently to these different forms of complexity and what can we learn from those reactions?
Last week, I pointed out some silly public space investments.
This week, I'm working on some better ones. Here's a sneak preview of things to come:
Great cities are chaotic. It's what makes them interesting. Regulating out things like Little Free Libraries does nothing but hurt your city.
I don't yearn for another bubble. I know the pain that will eventually come from that. What I want is a world that is real, one with a solid financial foundation that we can use to build strong cities, towns and neighborhoods.