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.
Your daily actions might feel small and unimportant, but when they’re part of a movement, they add up to something much bigger.
After exhausting what seemed like every option in our quest to buy a rental property in a poor neighborhood, it was time to change course.
Kea Wilson shares the highs, the lows and everything in between about her new experiences as a small scale developer.
After finding an ideal property in a neighborhood we wanted to invest in, getting a bank to finance our purchase turned out to be a huge hurdle.
6 months ago, my partner and I tried to buy an ailing property in a poor neighborhood and transform it into quality affordable housing. Here’s what happened instead.
It’s about so much more than just the cost of housing.
"Affordability" is about far more than just the price of rent.
Can we put a dollar value on parks, even though they don't pay taxes?
If we want a city that’s financially healthy, we need to cultivate human disorder, rather than do whatever we can to minimize it.
The Strong Towns message is taking hold in St. Louis, MO.
I asked four different neighbors how they would redesign a dangerous intersection in my town. Here's what they said.
You don't need an advanced degree or an elected position to make streets safer in your community.
Here are 5 ways to make the case for traffic calming, even to those drivers who really hate being slowed down.
These 7 steps will take you from a nebulous idea to successfully addressing an issue that matters in your town.
I don't need to be an expert to tell you that our streets are not bike-friendly.
An intentional, incrementally built village blossoms in northern Missouri. Strong Towns advocates can learn a lot from its example.
Kea Wilson paid off $25k in college debt in a year and has continued to live a simple, frugal life ever since. Here's why it made her a happier person.
So much of our road education is about fear. A shift in mindset and approach could change that.
A survey issued by the Missouri Dept. of Transportation shows just how messed up our transportation funding system is and why the binary choices we're presented with aren't the whole picture.
Short-term solutions won't solve long-term problems.
Transportation options are not a zero sum game. Better bike access might actually make life easier for people with disabilities.
A big developer bought up tons of historic properties in St. Louis. Now he's letting them crumble and burn.
5 reasons foodies should care about building strong towns.
Edible gardens can double as green infrastructure, taking the pressure off the man-made systems we rely on to make our cities function.
Everyone seems to have an opinion on gentrification. But what does the word actually mean?
What can signmaking’s past and present tell us about our cities’ futures?
You can build a whole island designed for human-scaled transport, but if there’s no feedback mechanism to tell people not to bring their cars, they'll just drive anyway.
In the end, the controls we need for cars are simple and colossal.
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?