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 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.
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.
The top 5 stories from September 17-21, 2018.
Austin needs a new Grand Bargain, one that includes everyone and exempts no one.
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.
The American Conservative just shared a well-produced video of the Crony Capitalism event Strong Towns participated in last month in Anaheim.
Does the average resident want dramatic change or do they want the urban development status quo?
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.
Chuck and Kea answer member questions in this edition of Ask Strong Towns.
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.
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?
What does economic development look like in a small town where most of the proposals on the table involve significant infrastructure investment for an uncertain payoff? What’s the alternative?
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.
This week on the Strong Towns Podcast, Chuck answers a question on sprawl repair posed by one of our readers.
Like many small, historic cities, Ellicott City, Maryland is a resilient town that has always rebuilt and recovered after natural disasters. It would be a shame if it could not recover from a man-made one.
This week we are examining what went wrong with Austin’s CodeNEXT process and what should be done now.
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.
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.
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.