I had a good pair of events this week in Birmingham with some people very enthused to help their communities become Strong Towns. It was really nice to be back in Alabama and I'm hoping for an opportunity to go back soon. In the meantime, here's what the schedule for sharing the Strong Towns message in person looks like for the next couple of months.
April 24-25 - Stevens Point, WI - Half day training session, AICP Credits will be offered - Register Here
April 28 - Dallas, TX - Curbside Chat
April 30 - Dallas, TX - Member Appreciation Event (Strong Towns members should have received an email this week.)
May 13 - Fargo, ND - Curbside Chat
May 14 - Grand Forks, ND - Curbside Chat
May 19 - Hays, KS - Curbside Chat
May 21 - Lewiston, ME - Conference Keynote
June 17 - Boston, MA - Conference Keynote
June 18 - Denver, CO - Strong Towns on Tap
June 23 - Detroit, MI - Conference Panel
June 30 - Des Moines, IA - Conference Keynote
In case you missed it....
I'm part of the Strong Towns movement because the fundamental tenets of this organization have challenged my assumptions about the design and construction of infrastructure more than any lecture or syllabus.
Rational consideration of what it means to live in a built environment, colliding with other humans has been Strong Town’s gift to me.
We'll be hosting a live streaming webcast of the Curbside Chat at noon Eastern (11AM CST) time today. Come back right here at noon and watch the live stream.
Strong Towns is furthering Jane Jacobs' legacy in a way that few other organizations are. If Jacobs' writing is your Bible, then Strong Towns should be your church.
I'm a member of the Strong Towns movement because I believe city planning, management and governance need a dramatic transformation in order to be forces of greater equity in civic, cultural and economic life.
We have used the same development pattern over and over since the late 1940’s and we've seen what it has done, yet we continue to use the same pattern and principles. It's time for a change.
Strong Towns is a movement that crosses partisan, geographic and ethnic boundaries. If you are a strong citizen working to build a strong local community, we want you as a member of this movement.
"There is nothing that will teach you, in your gut, about living in a fragile, finite spaceship of a world quite like spending months in an even more fragile, tiny spaceship that travels through the oceans."
In an era of increasingly divisive politics and refusal to compromise, the Strong Towns message does not promote a political ideology. Rather, it offers a lens through which to view local challenges and a vision for strengthening all communities.
You care about the place where you live—not about parking lots. So why should you support Strong Towns?