A growing community of Strong Towns readers are crowd-sourcing best practices, sharing stories, asking advice, and gleaning wisdom. Here is the Strong Towns movement at work.
Among our top stories: why we should think about shrinking parking spaces as a first step to ending parking minimums altogether, the real problem with new American suburbs (hint: it’s not uncontrolled growth), and an unusual decorating practice in the Netherlands that brings neighbors together.
New York’s newest BRT line is being called the “Miracle on 14th Street.” But why is it so miraculous?
It’s an uncomfortable truth: doing the right thing for our communities usually means doing the hard thing. Or at least the less easy thing. What does this mean not only for the people who design our cities and towns but for those of us who live there?
So you want to invest in real estate in your town—but you’re not so keen on taking out a mortgage and rolling up your sleeves. Is there another way to buy in to your community’s future?
Using innovative storytelling events, an Oregon-based nonprofit is helping communities throughout the US and UK transform residents into neighbors, enemies into friends, and towns into communities.
The executive director of The Hearth talks about the power of community storytelling to connect us to one another, make us more compassionate, and deepen our attachment to our towns and cities.
In the age of Nextdoor and Facebook, many have (understandably) lost faith in the humble neighborhood association. But visit the oldest neighborhood association in Denton, Texas and you’ll discover why they can still play a big role in building strong towns.
The problem with new American suburbs isn’t a "lack of planning" or “uncontrolled growth” or “inadequate infrastructure.” The problem is a lack of basic financial solvency.
The ecological and economic benefits of having street trees are well-known. As one community is discovering, the process of planting trees comes with benefits all its own.
In an age of near-constant change, should cities be making decisions based on trends, platforms, and even whole industries that may not be around in a few years? Two of the most disruptive industries hold some surprising answers.
An unusual cultural practice in the Netherlands reveals the benefits of seeing your neighborhood…and being seen by it.
One of our heroes here at Strong Towns has helped pioneer a simple but powerful process for building neighborhood wealth and strengthening community ties. This approach is absolutely transforming his city of Oswego, New York. We think you should copy it.
Strong Towns member Andrew Kelsey shares how you can create a value per acre analysis for your city or town—no matter your skill level.
The most brilliant innovations in building cities are already embodied in the traditional development pattern, a foolproof approach to creating resilient and productive places that was developed the hard way.
Washington spends billions on high-cost, low-return transportation projects. Meanwhile, sidewalks and new bus routes get crumbs. But, as our top stories illustrate, there are reasons to hope: surprising coalitions are forming, people are rediscovering the manifold benefits of a good walk, and a major advocacy organization is taking a bold new stand.
The Strong Towns book has been out for a week and a half—and the most gratifying thing is to see those who have read and reviewed it reflect our message back to us in their own powerful, insightful words. Do you have your copy yet?
Many thoughtful urbanists want to #endparkingminimums. We do too. But there’s something else we can address. It’s a relatively small change that can have a big impact…and it could be a good first step to getting rid of parking minimums altogether.
Transportation for America has boldly laid out three key principles they say should govern federal transportation policy. That’s a great start. But here’s a fourth.
We’ve all heard it: Americans today are incapable of civil conversation. But for decades one urban neighborhood has been confounding expectations. For them, conversation has not only proven possible, it’s become the foundation for building a stronger, more resilient and better connected neighborhood.