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.
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.
Unwarranted fear seems to drive much of American culture and decisionmaking.
Religious congregations across the country are facing declining attendance. How can they become more resilient in a changing religious and economic landscape?
When arguing in favor of bike infrastructure, it's time for a new tactic.
There's a new parking garage in Fargo, ND and I'm excited about it. Yes, you read that right.
What makes one building worth saving and another worth destroying?
"It's a bypass. You've got to build bypasses."
How do you move your city forward in a way that benefits everyone?
After years of being a largely windowless, uninviting one-story building on a dreary corner, this library was transformed into an exciting, lively mixed-use space that is now a focal point for the neighborhood.
So you've been reading Strong Towns for a while now. Maybe you even took the next step and became a member... But now what?
Peoria, IL once produced 1/5 of the nation's liquor. Then Prohibition came and it all disappeared. Has the city learned its lesson?
Are there ways we can build urban 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.