From New Deal Utopia to Strong Town

From New Deal Utopia to Strong Town

A “green belt” suburb with its roots in the New Deal faces pressures associated with conventional, auto-oriented development. How should residents approach decision-making so that the town’s future is as rich as its past?

King Williams: The Gentrifiers Will Become the Gentrified

King Williams: The Gentrifiers Will Become the Gentrified

Atlanta is one of the fastest gentrifying cities in the country. King Williams, an Atlanta-based writer and documentary filmmaker, describes what makes that city’s experience with gentrification unique, why gentrification is avoidable, and why Atlanta’s middle-class is now facing displacement too.

We Used to Just Call These "Houses"

We Used to Just Call These "Houses"

We used to have a different name for the modest dwellings that now get labeled “tiny houses.” For most of history, this was simply a house—a low-cost way for people to put down roots in a place and begin to grow some wealth for themselves and the neighborhood.

Why Decline Is Not Normal

Why Decline Is Not Normal

We have to stop looking at the stagnation and decline of our blocks and neighborhoods as a normal part of the development process. 

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.