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. She 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. You can find her musings on Twitter @rquednau. One of her favorite ways to get to know a new city is by going for a run in it.
Interested in writing for Strong Towns or contacting us with a press inquiry? Please email Rachel.
It's time to put these common misconceptions about suburban America to rest.
If there's public perception that a new development is opposed, then opposition will grow—even if the initial outcry was only coming from a few loud, angry people.
How reliant is your local economy on just one company or industry? What would happen if that economic sector disappeared?
Knowing whether you need a pinch more of this or a spoonful less of that is something only you and your town can decide. We can't give you a recipe.
A shift in the design of Google Maps tells us something about a broader change happening in Americans' life and travel preferences.
Spanish cities have a lot to teach American towns. Here are 4 lessons I learned on a recent trip to Spain.
We don't cover towns like Lehigh Acres, Florida or Fitchburg, Wisconsin because we're trying to fulfill some sort of rural quota or understand how Trump got elected. We do it because it's what we're about.
Celebration of the Sabbath and a desire to live near people and institutions that support your religious practices has shaped the urban fabric of Orthodox Jewish communities.
I want to buy a home, but I don't want to give up living in this neighborhood that I love.
Imagine your favorite street in town didn’t exist. Could it be built today if the construction had to follow your local rules? Take this test to find out whether restrictive codes are stifling growth and development in your town.
Our views on government involvement in housing and housing subsidies need to be coherent.
The Bike Peoria Co-op offers neighbors affordable access tools to fix their bikes and training in bike maintenance skills. It's 100% volunteer run and 100% financially supported through its own efforts.
Little free pantries are a hyper-local, small-scale way to help out neighbors who are hungry.
Is public art doomed to only be invited and placed in locations that are lacking and empty—a band-aid to cover up our cities' design failures?
How can towns support artists in a way that benefits the community as a whole? Several unique art spaces and programs offer examples of this across the country.
Muralist and community advocate, Pasqualina Azzarello, discusses her experience creating murals across the country and working with neighborhoods to use art for social change.
Thomasville, GA took full advantage of a pivotal community moment to ask what its residents wanted and build on their ideas, strengthening its arts and local economy as a result.
Federal infrastructure spending is a huge, expensive gamble that we already know doesn’t pay off. Strong Towns' proposal for a path forward is cheap, and it offers high upside potential with low downside potential.
If you wanted to eat only locally-produced food for a month, could you? This might be the toughest challenge on the Strong Towns Strength Test, but we're tackling it today.
Can a suburban “downtown” built from the ground up for over $150 million succeed?
Could legal challenges be a way to fight dangerous road design?
"Parking influences the way cities look, and how people travel around them, more powerfully than almost anything else."
There's a place where your voice really matters and where your opinions and actions can make an impact.
It's spring—a perfect time to get outside and take some small, simple steps to improve your neighborhood.
In a handful of regions throughout the world, longevity and a high quality of life in old age are the norm. We can learn a lot from these places and in turn, use that knowledge to build towns that support prosperous, long lives for ourselves and our neighbors.
They're not dead yet.
Question #7 on the Strong Towns Strength Test asks: Are there neighborhoods in your town where three generations of a family could reasonably find a place to live, all within walking distance of each other? In this article, we show you how to answer that question for your town and what to do if your answer is No.
Seattle, WA may be the first city in the US to create a formal “renters’ commission” to advise the local government.
We're kicking off a new series going in-depth on the Strong Towns Strength Test with an exploration of main street health. Today's question: Does your main street have more cars than people?
The Fuller Center for Housing has helped dozens of Allendale families build and own their own homes and they have high hopes for the neighborhood. But until the I-49 connector is put to rest, investment in the area will be stifled.