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Mission


Building a movement of a million people who care

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Mission


Building a movement of a million people who care

The mission of Strong Towns is to support a model of development that allows America's cities, towns and neighborhoods to become financially strong and resilient.

For the United States to be a prosperous country, it must have strong cities, towns and neighborhoods. Enduring prosperity for our communities cannot be artificially created from the outside but must be built from within, incrementally over time.


Strong Towns Principles

As advocates for a strong America, we know the following to be true:

  • Strong cities, towns and neighborhoods cannot happen without strong citizens (people who care).
  • Local government is a platform for strong citizens to collaboratively build a prosperous place.
  • Financial solvency is a prerequisite for long term prosperity.
  • Land is the base resource from which community prosperity is built and sustained. It must not be squandered.
  • A transportation system is a means of creating prosperity in a community, not an end unto itself.
  • Job creation and economic growth are the results of a healthy local economy, not substitutes for one.

A Strong Towns Approach

There are no universal answers to the complex problems America’s cities, towns and neighborhoods face. At Strong Towns, we seek to discover rational ways to respond to these challenges. A Strong Towns approach:

  • Relies on small, incremental investments (little bets) instead of large, transformative projects,
  • Emphasizes resiliency of result over efficiency of execution,
  • Is designed to adapt to feedback,
  • Is inspired by bottom-up action (chaotic but smart) and not top-down systems (orderly but dumb),
  • Seeks to conduct as much of life as possible at a personal scale, and
  • Is obsessive about accounting for its revenues, expenses, assets and long term liabilities (do the math).
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About Strong Towns


Media with a mission

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About Strong Towns


Media with a mission

Strong Towns is a national media nonprofit whose content reaches tens of thousands of readers and listeners every month. Our work has four main components:

  1. Daily written contentWe publish award-winning daily articles on our website, covering topics related to our mission including transportation, land use, urban design, community resilience, and more.
  2. Weekly podcastsOur Thursday podcast series features interviews with distinguished guests in the fields of urban planning, academia, public policy and more. Our "Week Ahead" podcast on Mondays provides updates on the Strong Towns movement.
  3. Events across the countryStrong Towns' staff lead presentations, workshops and community gatherings across the country. See our calendar for information about upcoming events.
  4. Friends throughout the world - Strong Towns is a member-supported organization. Become a member and you become part of the Strong Towns community.

Strong Towns Success Stories

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Social Venture Capital


Invest in Building Strong Towns

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Social Venture Capital


Invest in Building Strong Towns

Strong Towns started as a blog back in 2008. We're now an international movement with over 1,000 members, accelerating audience growth and a powerful message for change.

We have important opportunities to put social venture capital from major donors and foundations to work to spread our message and grow the Strong Towns movement. Thank you for helping us capitalize on these opportunities.