Sometimes the smallest things we can do for our towns deliver the biggest return on investment. And the best part: you don’t even have to wait to get started.
We seek to expose as many people as possible to Strong Towns ideas, and nudge them to act. This is how we aim to change the continent-wide conversation about growth, development, and governance.
We want to equip Strong Towns members with the tools to promote real, substantive public conversations about their towns’ financial futures. Here’s how one member is using those tools.
Making your city, town, or region more resilient and prosperous isn’t something that starts with us. It starts with you. We’re here to give you the tools.
If America is going to be a strong country, it must first have strong cities, towns and neighborhoods.
It's our Fall Member Drive, and we bet you know someone—maybe a lot of someones—who should be part of the Strong Towns movement. Let them know, and enter the running for a special prize!
…and get your questions answered.
It’s always a small handful of people that change the world. Today, let it be you.
This week, we revisited a city in Indiana building an urbanist paradise… through the antithesis of a Strong Towns approach. We examined public safety issues as they affect schoolchildren and bicyclists; discussed how to make cities friendlier to small businesses; and featured economic research on the complex social feedback loops that drive neighborhood change.
Big boxes arguably helped to kill the classic main street. Can they also bring it back?
We are in the midst of an ongoing transformation of the traditional top-down, mass producer-to-consumer relationship into a relationship that is more harmonious and intimate between smaller-scale producers and smaller sets of consumers.
Off-grid living appeals to many. But often, the lifestyle as practiced doesn’t amount to a strong or sustainable community.
The shopping mall, an icon of America’s suburban experiment, has fallen on hard times. But don’t start cheering; that doesn’t mean we should assume that one comes next will be a better deal for communities.
In this episode of our podcast It’s the Little Things, Jacob chats with Darren Smith—Founder, President, and CEO of Traipse—about how you can boost your historic business district with gamification, including how to gamification can boost tourism, get more traffic for merchants, and make your historic business district the destination it deserves to be.
Two recent articles illuminate a troubling trend toward locking ride-share, bike-share and scooter users onto proprietary platforms, making it harder to plan trips that could really free us from car-dependence.
Urban neighborhoods can appear either stubbornly resistant to change, or prone to sudden, cataclysmic change. One reason is that we’re all constantly adjusting our behavior based on what we think everyone else believes the future holds.
Is a desire for local character your jam? If so, fight for missing-middle commercial space in your neighborhood. Fight for the corner bar and the corner store. We need an approach that is much more flexible, more true to what humans want from cities, and messier.
We don’t form our opinions about beauty, the value of a dollar, or the value of a house or neighborhood, in a vacuum—we come up with those beliefs based on a long chain of assumptions about what we think other people think.
In an earlier Strong Towns Podcast, Chuck Marohn chatted with urban analyst Aaron Renn, who made the case for Carmel, Indiana’s massive debt as an investment in a high-quality place for posterity. In today’s episode, Chuck pushes back more forcefully on the assumptions underlying Carmel’s big gamble.
In New Hampshire, the state charges local planning boards with looking at whether the zoning they have created is going to make a town prosperous. This implies a clear obligation to do the math on costs and benefits of new development.