SOME STUFF FROM THIS WEEK YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED.
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.