Rachel Quednau serves as Communications Director for Strong Towns and has been a regular contributor and podcast host for Strong Towns since 2015. Rachel is a Midwesterner currently living in Milwaukee, WI. Previously, she worked for several organizations fighting to end homelessness at the federal and local levels. 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.
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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.
The Allendale neighborhood of Shreveport, LA has a rich history of both good times and hardship. Today, the area is on the rise with low crime and new investment. But an expensive highway project threatens to shut all that down.
The simple practice of using Facebook groups to encourage hyper-local connections and commerce is taking off in dozens of cities around the world.
The Strong Towns Strength Test features this important question: If you wanted to eat only locally-produced food for a month, could you? In most towns, the answer is probably "no." Here are five ways to shift the dial in the direction of "yes."
A neighborhood credit union is starting up in my city and I'm proud to be part of the effort.
Why should someone's ability to hyper-conveniently store their vehicle be more important than someone's ability to get to their destination?
A new housing program in Milwaukee, WI tries to get foreclosed homes quickly rehabbed—and loses something in the process.
The perspective of renters is often ignored in neighborhood decision-making. Here are some ideas for how to change that.
During this snowy season, it is very easy to figure out who your attentive and caring neighbors are: They're the people who shovel.
Do car drivers have to pull up to each intersection, lean out their window and push a button in order to get a green light? No.
Entrepreneurship is a hot word these days. Lots of towns say they would like to attract more entrepreneurs and grow their small business communities. But how do you do it?
This year's #BlackFridayParking event was a success! Here are some stats and favorite posts from the event.