Think Small. Help Something Grow.

Think Small. Help Something Grow.

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.

What Is the Strong Towns Strategy?

What Is the Strong Towns Strategy?

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.

Top 5 Stories from the Week (Nov 5–Nov 9, 2018)

Top 5 Stories from the Week (Nov 5–Nov 9, 2018)

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.

How to Use Gamification to Make Your Historic Business District a Must-See Destination

How to Use Gamification to Make Your Historic Business District a Must-See Destination

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.

The Comcast of Transportation?

The Comcast of Transportation?

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.

There's a Missing Middle for Commercial Spaces, Too

There's a Missing Middle for Commercial Spaces, Too

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.

Carmel is Not a Strong Town

Carmel is Not a Strong Town

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.