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
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....
The United States isn’t France, but there are still plenty of lessons to be learned—and myths to be busted—by looking at the way their streets are designed to build wealth.
It’s a paradox, but cities can set the stage for the unscripted. These playful surprises cater both to young and the young-at-heart, and they endear the community to visitors and residents alike.
Infrastructure doesn’t have to be expensive. But in the U.S., we infamously spend a fortune on it… and not always for the best results. This and more in this week’s top 5 articles.
In North America, stadium projects are almost synonymous with silver bullet disasters. But does that have to be true?
Copenhagen’s famous biking culture—over 3 out of every 5 commutes are by bike—is lauded internationally as an achievement for the environment, public health, and—we’d add—fiscal sustainability alike. But they didn’t get there just by building bike lanes.
We’ve been taught that a growing city inevitably needs wider highways. Even those who oppose specific road projects often accept this premise. But is it actually true?
When my school district proposed tearing down buildings for parking, I and others suggested there were more creative and less destructive ways to solve these problems. We were scoffed at, and we lost. Hate to say, “I told you so,” but….
Is the Strong America Tour coming to your town?
Our special celebrity guest for the September edition of our "Ask Strong Towns webcast is Dan Burden, Director of Innovation and Inspiration at Blue Zones and one of Planetizen’s 100 Most Influential Urbanists.
Strong Towns member Ben Harrison shares his experience serving on a citizen advisory committee and why you should run for something in your own community, including how to pitch your vision to city staff, how to introduce Strong Towns principles, and, how serving on these committees can help you feel closer to your community.
If your goal is to promote public safety, design streets for the humans you have, not the perfectly obedient ones you wish you had.
So your city’s made progress on bike safety—there are some nice new bike lanes, and more people out and about on two wheels. How to keep the momentum going? That’s the situation in this Strong Towns member’s hometown, and he has some ideas to share.