Learning From Failure

Learning From Failure

Americans need to become more tolerant of government failure. That will happen, if and when, government starts to deliver improvements iteratively, and demonstrates the capacity to learn and improve with each iteration.

The One-Week Coworking Space

The One-Week Coworking Space

The lines between work and home zones are blurring: more employers want to be in walkable, amenitized areas, and conversely, people are choosing to live closer to where they work. This Cincinnati placemaking experiment exemplifies the kind of small bets this trend is making possible.

Big Box Stores Think Their Tax Bills Should Be Lower. Are They Right?

Big Box Stores Think Their Tax Bills Should Be Lower. Are They Right?

Check out the second episode of our new podcast Upzoned! Kea Wilson and Chuck Marohn dig into an article on a troubling trend: big box retailers in Minnesota think they’re paying too much in property taxes, and they’re asking for a cut. But that’s a hard pill to swallow for small towns.

What comes after NEXT?

What comes after NEXT?

Austin needs a new Grand Bargain, one that includes everyone and exempts no one.

So You Want to Build an ADU?

So You Want to Build an ADU?

Let’s walk through what it actually takes to build a small rental apartment on your property in Austin, Texas. It’s a lesson in how the city’s existing code stymies gentle, incremental, small-scale development.

Marohn on Crony Capitalism

Marohn on Crony Capitalism

The American Conservative just shared a well-produced video of the Crony Capitalism event Strong Towns participated in last month in Anaheim.

Want to Love Your Town? Act Like Someone Who Loves Their Town.

Want to Love Your Town? Act Like Someone Who Loves Their Town.

Want to better your community but don’t know where to start? Enter It’s the Little Things: a Strong Towns podcast that gives you the wisdom and encouragement you need to take the small yet powerful actions that can make your city or town stronger.

Austin's Bad Party: The Failure of CodeNEXT

Austin's Bad Party: The Failure of CodeNEXT

Austin’s CodeNEXT process, a dramatic overhaul of the city’s zoning code, tried to placate multiple constituencies with a “grand bargain.” The result was a draft code that satisified almost no one and failed to solve the city’s housing and growth challenges.

Can Brad Pitt Make it Right?

Can Brad Pitt Make it Right?

Residents are bring lawsuits against Brad Pitt’s Make it Right foundation, but were these investments ever going to work, no matter the good intentions?

CodeNEXT or None, Austin Has an Identity Crisis

CodeNEXT or None, Austin Has an Identity Crisis

Where is Austin supposed to put 135,000 new homes in ten years? The city posed the question. Diametrically opposed groups of residents could not come close to agreeing on the answer.

Austin's CodeNEXT

Austin's CodeNEXT

This week we are examining what went wrong with Austin’s CodeNEXT process and what should be done now.

Top 5 Stories from the Week (Sept 10–Sept 14, 2018)

Top 5 Stories from the Week (Sept 10–Sept 14, 2018)

This week, we talked about why your city needs to cut out its bad habits and not just celebrate its good ones, what the perception of “scofflaw" cyclists” really says about our streets, why accessory dwelling units aren’t taking off even in cities that allow them, and a couple interesting perspectives on high-tech fixes for what ails our towns.

Rochester and the Curse of Cataclysmic Money

Rochester and the Curse of Cataclysmic Money

These campaigns are the kind of thing that large, out-of-touch bureaucracies do when they want to appear like they are doing something without actually changing anything about what they are doing.

Introducing a New Podcast: "Upzoned"

Introducing a New Podcast: "Upzoned"

Check out the first episode of our new podcast Upzoned! Each Friday, join Kea Wilson, Chuck Marohn, and occasional surprise guests to talk in depth about just one big story from the week in the Strong Towns conversation, right when you want it: now.