Andrew Price has been a regular contributor to Strong Towns since 2013 and is a founding member of the organization. Andrew is a software developer by day and an urbanist by night. He is passionate about traditional urbanism – he believes in fine-grained, highly walkable places that are built for people. He grew up in Australia and now lives in the United States with his wife. Andrew is a regular contributor on Strong Towns and runs his own blog, andrewalexanderprice.com. You can find many of his photographs throughout the Strong Towns website. Andrew’s motivation to be involved in Strong Towns and urbanism is to create a great place that he and his wife, and one day their children and their future generations will want to call home.
Cities are filled with talent, ideas, and hardworking people. We just need to provide them with the platform to be productive.
Historic preservation is often used to prevent something being replaced by something worse, but are we focusing on the symptom or the cause?
Every city should be looking at the low hanging fruit they can use to continually improve themselves.
Let's rethink parking as communal infrastructure rather than private property.
What would a main street look like if we designed it first and foremost for people?
In this special edition of the Strong Towns podcast, we bring you a short interview with Andrew Price, a Strong Towns contributor who wrote two essays for our new book, Thoughts on Building Strong Towns, Volume II.
A well tempered city—as explained in the book by the same name—is one where all of the components work in harmony as part of the greater composition of a city.
Maybe one-way to two-way street conversions aren't the silver bullet solution we make them out to be.
Next time you want to label a town as 'family oriented' - don't just think about the young and middle-aged people that are able to depend on an automobile at a moment's notice. Ask yourself, would your 13 year old kid or elderly grandma with a walker have their freedom and be happy there?
I ran the numbers and made a plan for building a traditional urban neighborhood. It turns out there's big profit to be made in this model.
Let's take a look at how big-box stores have adapted to the urban environment of New York City.
Small bets are an affordable way to incrementally improve the places we love. They provide quick feedback from the community, and save us the time and money we so often over-invest in megaprojects.
If you have an approach with a 50% chance of success or failure, would you rather it be tried out at the state level with everyone succeeding or failing at the same time? Or, would you rather it be tried out at the neighborhood level, where failures are small and contained?
When cities grow organically, they are productive platforms for generating wealth.
When there is demand to live in an area, the market should naturally respond by increasing the supply of housing.
How do you get to work? How do you go grocery shopping? Andrew Price answers questions about living without a car.
Andrew Price and Johnny Sanphillippo host today's slackchats.
Exploring fine-grained and coarse-grained development in San Juan, Boston and Hoboken.
We should design our streets in way that allows people to cross safely at their own judgment - since that's what they're going to do anyway. In this regard, one-way streets have their benefits.
Would it be possible to design a street that is unbiased towards any specific mode of transportation?
In our dense cities where land is valuable and housing is expensive, why is parking cheaper than rent?
Andrew Price discusses the difference between "fine-grained" and "coarse-grained" urbanism.
When we talk about parks in cities, it helps if we can classify them into two types. Grand Parks are destinations. Neighborhood Parks are the living room of the community.
Andrew Price challenges the definition of what makes a Complete Street 'Complete.'
Sovereign Hill is an 1850s themed mining town in Ballarat, Australia. Andrew Price takes us on a photographic tour while traveling through.
You had one job; Johnny talks Silicon Valley and its strange suburban pattern; increased development and reduced traffic counts? It's working in West Palm Beach
The width of our streets can influence land use, safety, character, scale, and overall financial productivity. We shouldn't be fearful of building narrow when it makes sense.
To build a place for people or place for cars is just a matter of priority.
Walkable, human-oriented communities tend to be the happiest and healthiest, where the younger generation is looking to live, and the most financially productive types of places to build and retain. Creating human oriented communities is the essence of creating a Strong Town.
Some of the best from contributor Andrew Price, including our favorite: Places and non-Places.