Municipalities for whom property taxes are lifeblood should treat parking for what it is: dead weight.
While your fellow Americans are busy fighting each other for 50% off toys and discounted televisions at the stores in your town, you have a job: Snap some photos of the parking lots surrounding these stores.
If we took the entire Strong Towns Strength Test and boiled it down to one indicator, it would be parking minimums. If you can't figure out how to get rid of them, your town isn't strong.
Strong Towns staff members Chuck Marohn and Bo Wright check in on the final day of our 2017 Member Drive to talk about their hopes for the future of the Strong Towns movement.
Let's make a final push today to get to 2000 members. We can do it. And then we'll continue to do great things together.
Here's what two people who attended a recent Strong Towns event had to say about our message and its impact.
A year ago, Shreveport, Louisiana was on the brink of building a highway through a poor inner-city neighborhood. Strong Towns helped fight back.
Strong Towns is a tough, tough message, but it unites people in a way that truly brings out our best. Of all things we do, I'm perhaps most proud of that.
Together, we can revolutionize our approach to growth and development. We can make our places stronger than they've ever been.
This year, we've been floored to hear from hundreds of Strong Towns members who are taking action to make their communities better as a result of our movement.
Our cities are struggling financially. But culturally, we lack a common understanding to explain why this is, let alone decide what to do about it.
Chuck Marohn discusses the wake up call he had while working as an engineer — building the very roads and big box stores he now recognizes as harmful for our towns and cities.
Whether you're a planner, a neighborhood advocate or an elected official, Strong Towns offers something for everyone.
What the Strong Towns movement needs to do is change our cultural understanding about growth, development and the way we invest in our places.
We can't build this movement without you.
What does it look like when you actively implement and share the Strong Towns message?
When you become a member of Strong Towns, you are helping grow a movement that is changing the way we talk about our places, from Main Street to Wall Street, from the corner cafe to the White House.
This week, we focused on housing, big box stores and bike-friendly cities.
Local pharmacies serve to bolster healthy local economies, providing employment for residents and making good use of the land they occupy.
The key to building a stronger town is cultivating dynamic household economies. Cities across the globe have mastered this. Why can't we?