We have a tradition this time of year here at Strong Towns. We spend a couple of weeks reflecting on the year -- those weeks we've just finished -- and then a couple of weeks attending to other things. It's important for us as an organization to have this breather to take on some bigger projects, stuff that is tough to get to while also producing quality content.
It's also important for us personally -- both we here and you out there -- to take a break, slow things down and have some time to be thankful for everything. We have much to be thankful for.
The Strong Towns movement started seven years ago as a lonely blog sharing some fringe notions of how we could build a stronger country. This year we had over a million people read our stuff, we presented our message in person to over 10,000 people and I even got an invitation to share these ideas at the White House.
There is one central reason why that has happened: you. It is you who are here with us. You who share our stuff with others. You who support us financially and are helping us grow this movement. I'm keenly aware of the debt I owe you and I feel a deep obligation to all of you to continue on this path. The gift you've given this restless mind cannot be quantified.
We'll see you again on January 4, 2016.
The Best of 2015...
Why all these new storefronts are sitting vacant.
Local governments can’t take on more and more promises without generating enough wealth to meet those obligations—not without a reckoning. We need a radical revolution in how we plan, manage, and inhabit our cities, counties, and neighborhoods. We need a Strong Towns approach.
Incremental approaches are often cheaper, faster, or have less risk than sudden approaches. Let’s explore different types of incrementalism.
The closing of the mall’s anchor store exposes how fragile the community’s business model is, providing an opening to shift approach.
What does it take to be a small-scale developer in a struggling part of town? To put your money where your mouth is and participate in incremental neighborhood revitalization? One of our staffers knows firsthand.
Automated vehicle technology will do nothing to make our streets better places to be.
"Developers in my city are only building luxury housing. They're not building anything that ordinary people can afford." If you’ve said this lately, or heard someone else say it, here are five possible reasons why.
As a cycling advocate, I avoid talking about the times when riding a bike in the city is scary, because I don’t want to deter would-be new riders from giving it a try. There’s only one problem with pretending I’m never afraid: it isn’t true.
Gentrification and concentrated poverty are two sides of the same coin. We’ve engineered our cities so that neighborhoods get either too much investment or too little: the trickle or the fire hose.
3 dollars and cents arguments that definitively prove the need for people-oriented, walk-friendly places.
Many people leave the city and head for the suburbs once they have children. I did the opposite.