In case you missed it...
This week, we took Akron, Ohio to task for subsidizing redevelopment of a failed mall, explored why it’s hard to jump-start walkability in places built around the car, made the case for bike lanes from an unusual perspective, illustrated why it’s harmful to measure road performance by motorist convenience, and more.
Our writers are a well-traveled bunch, and over the past few years, they’ve brought back perspectives from abroad that Strong Towns advocates in North America can learn from. Here are three lessons the rest of the world has to offer.
A Strong Towns member shared with us a success story from the city of College Station, Texas, which recently revised its zoning code to make it easier to do incremental development by rehabilitating or expanding older structures.
We’re constantly told that the world has become a flaming dumpster fire, and that only large-scale actions are adequate to address today’s urgent problems. But is that true? Chuck and three panelists explore this question in a podcast episode recorded at CNU in May.
If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s probably a duck. But if a mega-project doesn’t have the characteristics—massive public debt, heavy infrastructure burdens, dubious if any benefit for the surrounding area—that usually make such projects so odious, is it still a bad deal?
When a small Massachusetts town made national news as its entire police force quit, it was easy to have preconceived notions about what the moral of the story must be. Then a reader from the town reached out to give us this far more nuanced and interesting explanation.