Kea Wilson serves as Director of Community Engagement for Strong Towns. She's based in the great city of St. Louis, Missouri, but she's lived everywhere from Santa Fe, New Mexico to coastal Maryland to far northern Michigan. She became passionate about the question of what it means to build a better world when she was in college, where she volunteered at a co-op bike collective and studied (most of) the great works of western civilization, roughly in chronological order. She's worked in community outreach and development for six years, most recently at a small independent bookstore where she coordinated a not-so-small author events series. She's also an avid (if somewhat slow) cyclist, an armchair economics nerd, and a novelist.
Strong Towns is furthering Jane Jacobs' legacy in a way that few other organizations are. If Jacobs' writing is your Bible, then Strong Towns should be your church.
You care about the place where you live—not about parking lots. So why should you support Strong Towns?
Is it possible to design a city street where no one is ever harassed?
Numbers don’t lie, but people sure use numbers to do it.
We’ve become so used to decline in our cities. Buildings are demolished and lots sit open. We walk by and, at most, we call it a shame. We don’t stop to look.
These seven steps will take you from a nebulous idea to successfully addressing an issue that matters in your town.
The best kind of horror filmmakers, like the best kind of placemakers, find ways not just to survive their budgetary shortcomings, but to make work that is more creative and exciting because of that constraint.
An interview with Mark Sundeen, author of The Unsettlers, shows how we don't have to leave society if we want to radically rebuild our world.
The Strong Towns' community shows what Allendale has in common with their own towns.
Use the hashtag #MyCityisShreveport and tell us about the impact of urban highways in your city.
If our cities aren’t built in a way that keeps all people safe on the roads, then they’re not built well enough.
I don't need to be an expert to tell you that our streets are not bike-friendly.