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Soon after this couple moved to Rockford, IL they found there was work to be done to make it a stronger town. They recently shared the impact of the Strong Towns movement on that work.
What if our goal wasn’t to build the most stuff in the shortest amount of time for the least amount of money? What if, instead, our goal was to create places of lasting beauty where, every day, our souls could be nourished by our surroundings?
Chuck's "Keep doing what you can to help build strong towns" podcast sign-off really has hit home with me. I'm not interested in the job of being a fancy politician — but I am deeply interested in doing whatever I can to build a strong district with safe streets.
What would it take to keep us in the place where we grew up? Or if we do move, what characteristics of a place would lead us to decide to settle in?
"KEEP DOING WHAT YOU CAN TO BUILD A STRONG TOWN."
Listen to the Strong Towns Podcast and you’ll hear us sign-off with that phrase. This has been the idea from the beginning; we all need to do whatever we can to try and make things better.
But what, exactly, can one person do?
Meaningful change happens one person at a time, neighbor to neighbor. Being a Strong Citizen means (1) doing everything you can, as an individual, to make yourself stronger, more resilient, and more adaptable, and (2) sharing this experience with your friends and neighbors when they naturally become interested in the things you're doing. This is how strong communities naturally form.
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