Charles Marohn - known as "Chuck" to friends and colleagues - is the Founder and President of Strong Towns and the author of the forthcoming Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity. He is a Professional Engineer (PE) licensed in the State of Minnesota and a land use planner with two decades of experience. He holds a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Urban and Regional Planning, both from the University of Minnesota.
Marohn is also the lead author of Thoughts on Building Strong Towns — Volume 1, Volume 2 and Volume 3 — as well as the author of A World Class Transportation System. He hosts the Strong Towns Podcast and is a primary writer for Strong Towns’ web content. He has presented Strong Towns concepts in hundreds of cities and towns across North America. He is featured in the documentary film Owned: A Tale of Two Americans, and was named one of the 10 Most Influential Urbanists of all time by Planetizen.
Chuck grew up on a small farm in Central Minnesota. The oldest of three sons of two elementary school teachers, he joined the Minnesota National Guard on his 17th birthday during his junior year of high school and served for nine years. In addition to being passionate about building a stronger America, he loves playing music, is an obsessive reader and religiously follows his favorite team, the Minnesota Twins.
Chuck and his wife live with their two daughters in their hometown of Brainerd, Minnesota.
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Recent Articles and Podcasts by Charles Marohn:
Atlanta is one of the fastest gentrifying cities in the country. King Williams, an Atlanta-based writer and documentary filmmaker, describes what makes that city’s experience with gentrification unique, why gentrification is avoidable, and why Atlanta’s middle-class is now facing displacement too.
We have to stop looking at the stagnation and decline of our blocks and neighborhoods as a normal part of the development process.
New York’s newest BRT line is being called the “Miracle on 14th Street.” But why is it so miraculous?
One of our heroes here at Strong Towns has helped pioneer a simple but powerful process for building neighborhood wealth and strengthening community ties. This approach is absolutely transforming his city of Oswego, New York. We think you should copy it.
The most brilliant innovations in building cities are already embodied in the traditional development pattern, a foolproof approach to creating resilient and productive places that was developed the hard way.
The advocacy group Transportation for America makes a bold move on transportation funding. We applaud them for it.
A trip to Italy reveals the physical, social, and even cultural benefits of walking. But coming home to the auto-oriented U.S. reveals something too: just how dangerous, difficult, and unpleasant we’ve made things for pedestrians.
A first look at the Strong America Tour presentation, this one from our recent visit to Seattle.
Conventional approaches to public investment tend to be expensive, dull, difficult (or impossible) to undo, and often divorced from the lived struggles of real people. There’s a better way.
Is growth inherently bad? Are declining neighborhoods really a good investment? And, most of all, can we actually make the changes we need to make our communities stronger? Chuck Marohn answers these and other questions about his new book Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity. What questions do you have?
Endless growth is a luxury we literally can’t afford. Here’s why the path to true prosperity requires local communities to opt out of an economy of greed and bring decision-making back home.
Ancient cities reveal the extent to which humans have co-evolved with their complex human habitats. As we were making our cities, they were making us. And yet we’ve discarded much of this hard-won wisdom of the past.
The ideas behind Strong Towns began in my small town of Brainerd. A tour starting in Memphis is designed to bring them home.
Strong Towns believes towns need to be obsessive about their revenues. But does that really mean building more revenue-generating prison centers?
The best financial investments our cities can make are those that humbly respond to how people struggle.