Rachel Quednau serves as Communications Director for Strong Towns and has been a regular contributor and podcast host for Strong Towns since 2015. Previously, she worked for several organizations fighting to end homelessness at the federal and local levels. Rachel is a Midwesterner currently living in Milwaukee, WI with her husband, Jack, but draws from her experiences living in New York City, Washington, DC, Walla Walla, WA and Minneapolis, MN to help her build better places wherever she is. Rachel has a B.A. in Religion from Whitman College. One of her favorite ways to get to know a new city is by going for a run in it. You can find her musings on Twitter @rquednau.
These steps will make it a whole lot easier for people to age in place.
Hartford got rid of parking minimums. So can your city.
For a struggling city, negative perceptions from with the community can send it into a spiral of decline. It takes a major shift in perspective to get the city back on track.
Why all these new storefronts are sitting vacant.
…even when they get rid of a few parking spots in the process.
How can cities and towns effectively reach and listen to all residents, and use their perspectives to shape the future of the community? This guide will show you.
The current design of our cities is a lose-lose for business owners and residents.
Our members have catalyzed a movement that reaches tens of thousands of people every week.
Because it shouldn’t be this hard.
What does putting up lawn chairs and chalking lines down the street actually accomplish?
The town of Thomasville, GA is taking small and affordable but very impactful steps to make its downtown more welcoming to people on bikes.
What two very different reviews of the same movie can tell us about the state of the American political divide.
Mayor Lou Radkowski of St Marys, PA is taking Strong Towns concepts to heart and implementing them in his community.
“When we look at Akron, we see nothing but opportunity." - Chuck Marohn
You don't need to be a city councilor or real estate developer to shape the future of housing in your town.
What does it mean to be "rent-burdened"? What do Low Income Housing Tax Credits really accomplish? Your housing questions answered here.
So often, what we call “conversation” is simply each person waiting for their turn to speak rather than truly taking in what is being said.
Communities across the country have found that resistance to parking minimum removals quickly fades when the facts are on the table and the benefits are made clear.
Plus one simple solution.
It's not rocket science, guys.
No, that mall out on the edge of town is not producing enough sales tax value to outweigh its terrible return on investment in terms of property tax value.
There is no amount of signage or cops patrolling that will eliminate the problem of dangerous design. We have to address the root cause.
Simple steps could make life much easier for people on foot. Why aren't our cities taking them?
3 dollars and cents arguments that definitively prove the need for people-oriented, walk-friendly places.
Want to figure out whether a local candidate for public office will uphold Strong Towns principles and values on the job? Ask them these 10 questions.
Can a suburban “downtown” built from the ground up for over $150 million succeed?
Your city needs far less parking than you think. But for the neighborhoods and destinations that really do need some parking, how can we build it in a thoughtful, non-destructive manner?
Big box developments are not paying their fair share.
When I walk in my neighborhood, I notice so much more than if I were traveling at high speed in an enclosed vehicle.
In Portland, Maine, an urban highway has long divided the downtown from nearby neighborhoods in a dangerous manner. Local activists hope to change that.