Upcoming events we are excited to announce.
- Huntington, WV - February 10-12
- Waco, TX - February 17
- Houston, TX - February 18
- Houston, TX - February 19
- Lancaster, CA - March 4 & 5
Also on the upcoming calendar (details TBA):
- Tampa, FL - February 26
- Los Angeles, CA - March 5
- Newport Beach, CA - March 6
- Birmingham, AL - March 18 & 19
- Norman, OK - March 23
- Oklahoma - March 24-27
- Atlanta, GA - March 29-31
- Ontario - April 14-16
- Stevens Point, WI - April 24 & 25
- Hays, KS - May 18 & 19
- Portland, ME - May 19 & 20
Keep informed on when we'll be somewhere near you.
SOME STUFF FROM THIS WEEK YOU MIGHT HAVE MISSED.
Historically, a decentralized, trial-and-error process was how cities “discovered” which urban design features worked best for their own circumstances. Let’s look at the evolution of front setbacks in New York to understand how this works.
Professional planners are trained to yearn for tighter urban design controls, as if cities without comprehensive, top-down planning would devolve into chaos and disorder. In reality, cities evolve according to mechanisms that allow us to gradually discover optimal urban design across time.
When it comes to infrastructure spending, politicians on both ends of the political spectrum get it wrong—but in different ways.
This week we looked at how to design streets to slow cars without speed enforcement; how traffic engineers still don’t know how to think like pedestrians; what we can and can’t control about urban growth; the myriad benefits of local bookstores; the far more dubious benefits of dollar stores; and more.
New Jersey has been using a “cap and trade” model to let single family neighborhoods buy their way out of growth for decades. Should your city follow suit?
The Strong Towns Knowledge Base is where we bring you answers and practical advice tailored to questions you submit, by crowd-sourcing the collective wisdom of our movement. Every Friday morning, we’ll be spotlighting something new from it.
Ever heard road tolls described as punitive to lower-income commuters? Don’t decry them until we fix, or at least acknowledge, these ten other things that are even more inequitable about the way we pay for transportation.
In this episode of our podcast It’s the Little Things, Jacob chats with Caroline Dobbins-Hurteau—staff member at Albion Reinvestment Corporation—about how you can start a successful pop-up shop, including how to pitch the idea to downtown organizations, how to find prospective tenants, and, most important, how to make it an incremental yet lasting success in your city or town.