Top 5 Recent Stories (October 14-October 18)

Top 5 Recent Stories (October 14-October 18)

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.

A Little Easier To Do Good

A Little Easier To Do Good

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?

Bridging Divides with Storytelling

Bridging Divides with Storytelling

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.

Planting Trees. Growing Community.

Planting Trees. Growing Community.

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.

Lessons from the Sharing Economy

Lessons from the Sharing Economy

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.

No Longer Hiding

No Longer Hiding

An unusual cultural practice in the Netherlands reveals the benefits of seeing your neighborhood…and being seen by it.

Paul Stewart: You Are the Help You've Been Waiting For

Paul Stewart: You Are the Help You've Been Waiting For

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.

The Foolproof City

The Foolproof City

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.

Top 5 Recent Stories (October 7-October 11)

Top 5 Recent Stories (October 7-October 11)

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.

What People Are Saying About "Strong Towns": The Book

What People Are Saying About "Strong Towns": The Book

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?

It’s Not Just Parking Minimums That Can Shrink

It’s Not Just Parking Minimums That Can Shrink

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.

Conversation: A Neighborhood's Way of Life

Conversation: A Neighborhood's Way of Life

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.