The challenge of this generation is not going to be growth. We’ve had decades of growth and it hasn’t given us prosperity. The challenge we face now is what to do with all the stuff we’ve already built.
— Charles Marohn, President, Strong Towns

The Curbside Chat is a core Strong Towns presentation that explains why our towns are going broke—despite lots of growth—and how they can build toward a stronger, more prosperous future.

Why are so many cities and towns across North America going broke? Our roads are deteriorating. Our governments are in debt. No matter how much we increase them, our taxes aren’t enough to fix it all. And no one seems to be able to agree on how we got here—much less how to change the course.

This isn’t just about numbers on a budget. This is about the fate of the communities we love most, and the real people that live there. This is about how to give our citizens, today and tomorrow, a chance at the future they deserve.

If we want American cities to be strong and resilient we need to change everything about the way we plan and build our places.

Chuck Marohn gives a Curbside Chat presentation in Austin, TX.

In the Curbside Chat, we explain, in plain language, how so many American cities have found themselves in decline after decades of “growth.” And then we show you a revolutionary way forward that could create enduring prosperity—if we just have the courage to change our minds.


Explore the Curbside Chat in Depth

The following films and articles cover the key components of the Curbside Chat.