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.
Are there ways we can build museums to both engage visitors with the rest of the city and make the museum a better neighbor for residents who live nearby?
A recently-elected Strong Towns member on why she ran for office and how Strong Towns has influenced her leadership.
What happens when you fill your city with parking? Lots and lots of low value land, and not much else.
In your town, is an owner of a single family home able to get permission to add a small rental unit onto their property without any real hassle? If not, you've got work to do.
A bike commuter is attacked on his way to work and the aftermath illustrates a common reality in American cities.
Six small-scale farmers discuss the challenges and successes of their modern-day farm efforts.
Three years ago, I discovered something really cool happening in my city. It might be happening in yours too.
Land is the base resource for building prosperity in our towns. Here are several examples for making the best use of every inch of it.
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."