Every year in our household—like a lot of people—we make new years resolutions. This year we wanted to try something a little different.
Watch how a simple and cheap traffic-calming project made a big impact on neighborhood safety and productivity.
"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:
- Doing everything you can, as an individual, to make yourself stronger, more resilient, and more adaptable, and
- 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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