An infrastructure crisis?
This campaign season, both frontrunner presidential candidates have claimed they want to increase infrastructure spending in America. At Strong Towns, we have a very different perspective. In a nation that has spent more than seven decades frantically spreading out, there are trillions of dollars of unproductive infrastructure already in the ground today waiting for us to make better use of.
At Strong Towns, we see that our cities, towns and neighborhoods are dripping with opportunity. These opportunities are not of the mega-project variety. They are small -- seemingly beneath us, perhaps -- but they can positively transform everything about how we live our lives.
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Stop obsessing over building new infrastructure and start putting your best minds in charge of maintenance.
Small maintenance projects focusing on below ground infrastructure in old, established neighborhoods have the greatest potential for positive returns.
Social justice concerns are an acceptable motive for collective action, but they don't free us from the requirement that our infrastructure investments make financial sense.
Problems have solutions. Predicaments have outcomes. We're in a predicament.
Devolution isn't so scary when the alternative is this crazy.
Cities have to live with constraints that the federal government does not.
Improving a city doesn't take a lot of money. It just takes courage.
A federal infrastructure bill is going to make your city poorer in the long run. Here's how.
Can we have cities that work with economics that don't?
The redesign of a downtown street in a small town in North Carolina wins our Strongest Infrastructure Contest.
When you hear a politician or an economist touting the payback in infrastructure spending, they are either ignorant or are feeding you cheap propaganda. Either way, we need to demand better.
We interviewed several leaders from around the country for their thoughts on federal infrastructure spending. Here's what they had to say:
Today, Heyden Walker and Chuck Marohn discuss the highway I-35 project in Austin and the need for better transparency in transportation spending.
In this podcast, Professor of Architecture, Thomas Fisher, discusses a design-thinking approach of bottom-up vs. top-down decisionmaking, and the danger of building the wrong types of infrastructure for the future of America.
In this interview, Chuck Marohn and Russ Roberts, host of the EconTalk podcast, discuss the political appeal of infrastructure spending vs. the economics perspective. They also talk about how to ensure a good return on investment and how to focus on smaller-scale projects.
Chuck Marohn interviews Kate Kraft, the Executive Director of America Walks to talk about how to use infrastructure spending to create more walkable places across America.
Ed Erfurt discusses his perspective as a local leader in a small town on what infrastructure is worth investing in, how to get a real return on your investment and how to avoid getting "caught up in free money."
We're honored to feature an interview with Ray LaHood as part of our #InfrastructureCrisis conversation.
Former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn talks about America's infrastructure crisis and how to not waste this moment.
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