Matthias Leyrer has been a regular contributor to Strong Towns since 2014. He is an aspiring developer and advocate. A designer by trade, he looks to fill the mundanity of the work week by writing about urban planning, land use and transportation at his blog, keycity.co. He is inspired by the idea that every city deserves the chance to be beautiful and that we can build cities and towns worth passing on to the next generation. In addition to writing for his blog, Matthias assists Strong Towns with graphic design, including the creation of our Strong Towns memes. View them all here.
"There are simple things we could do to make this place great, and I think that’s what really fires me up."
Last week, the smartphone game, Pokemon Go, dropped like a ton of bricks onto starry-eyed, nostalgic 20-something’s phones. Its unique format could catalyze an important conversation about walkability in our towns.
Once a week, we're inviting readers to join us for a conversation with one of our staff, writers or members on Slack. This week's SlackChat will be hosted by Matthias Leyrer, a Strong Towns contributor and graphic designer.
While Jane Jacobs was fighting and winning some battles against Urban Renewal in our cities, many, many more were victims to this hubristic program. My city, Mankato MN, was one of the hardest hit.
If we don’t stand for it in the virtual world, why do we in the real world?
Maybe we're doing it wrong.
Federal loan standards create a market for some products and restrict the market for others.
Last week Trump called Brussels a “hellhole” much to the ire of Brusselaars. In defense they responded with an onslaught of tweets pointing out how very un-hellholish it it.
Is there a disruption on the horizon that could potentially put us out of business?
Here are our top 3 memes from 2015, created by Matthias Leyrer.
"We can't solve the problems we created yesterday with the thinking we used to create them. Strong Towns is teaching us to be more mindful, more deliberate, and more skeptical of our own biases." ~ Maurice Carter
"Strong Towns is the go-to source for a clear-eyed and agnostic explanation of why our communities are going broke." ~ Joe Minicozzi
"For too long we have been dependent on experts and special interests to make good decisions on our behalf. Strong Towns is helping us to revive conversations and ask the right questions." ~ Jonathan Hay
"The Strong Towns message and community gives us the tools we need to ensure our cities remain resilient." ~ Michael Smith
“The work that Strong Towns is doing is groundbreaking and transformational for our cities.” ~ Terry Mitchell
"America needs Strong Towns." ~ Brittany McLaughlin
"The messages delivered by Chuck, his colleagues and guests are nothing short of prophetic. They are acting as contemporary prophets—revealing emergent truth to power and backing it up with math and cool graphs!" ~ Pat Trahan
"I support Strong Towns because I believe in their message and want them to have the resources they need to continue expanding the movement." ~ Kevin Shepherd
"Strong Towns gives me hope that we can build bridges between political ideology, take partisanship out of local community politics and focus on implementing sound policies that will make us happier, healthier, and solvent." ~ Josh Fairchild
"Being a part of Strong Towns means discovering new ways to look at the problems our cities face and looking for new ways to address them." ~ Marielle Brown
Should we build ours cities around something that helps them grow, or something that does not?
A counterpoint to Chuck's recent piece about "Beautiful Ditches," today Matthias advocates for the merit of building beautiful places, even discounting costs and ROI.
Demand an approach to speeding that reflects your values.
Do we size our city for the equipment we want or size our equipment for the city we want?
The kind of thinking America needs right now.
The stroad: A street/road hybrid. The futon of transportation investments.
Our wide streets allow us to quickly respond to the collisions caused by our wide streets.
We should spend our time obsessing why there are no people here rather than what they might to wrong if they showed up.
Decorative lights without place is just bling without a soul.