Small Scale Developers are incrementally building Strong Towns.
We want to help them thrive.
What does it take to be a small-scale developer in a struggling part of town? To put your money where your mouth is and participate in incremental neighborhood revitalization? One of our staffers knows firsthand.
Two simple questions can help us understand why different groups don’t seem to speak the same language about growth and development in cities, and why seemingly-strange political alliances form around these issues.
Why Small Scale Developers?
A Strong Town relies on small, incremental investments (small bets) and is inspired by bottom-up action. Developers who work on a small scale, building duplexes, triplexes, small apartments and mixed-use structures are helping to build strong towns. Taking a structure to the next increment of development is how we create lasting wealth that will support a town for generations to come.
Barriers like restrictive zoning and codes as well as lending practices that favor big developers hinder the ability of small-scale developers to build strong towns. Changing policies to empower these developers to succeed will put our towns on a path toward success.
The Incremental Development Alliance
Our friends at the Incremental Development Alliance lead educational bootcamps for future developers and help cities to be more welcoming toward small scale developers. Visit their website to learn more.
If you care about supporting small scale developers and ensuring that they can thrive in your town, become a member of Strong Towns.
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6 months ago, my partner and I tried to buy an ailing property in a poor neighborhood and transform it into quality affordable housing. Here’s what happened instead.
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.
If big developers keep snatching up huge plots of land in my city, I may never own a home. But if land is sold in smaller increments, that means more opportunities for small developers and home owners.
Because it shouldn’t be this hard.
The report we are sharing this week deals with some high-level national policy issues. But you can advocate for change in your own community without a trip to Washington DC. Here are six ideas (big and small) for how to do that.
(Top photo source: Johnny Sanphillippo)