Strong Towns member, Bryan Mock, recently took to Medium to sing the praises of Strong Towns. We're honored and wanted to share an excerpt from his kind words:
If you are someone at all interested in Architecture, Urban Planning, Landscape Design, Urbanism, or just why in the hell your town is designed so horribly, and how little ole you might actually have something to say about it, then you want to be following Strong Towns [...]
Strong Towns doesn’t focus on calling out the designers behind some of the atrocities they bring forth as shining examples of what not to do. Instead, they focus their content on the policies that cause otherwise rational people to act out of their own self interest.
Taking it one step further, they then teach designers how to push against bad policy. Sometimes this little push is all that is needed to initiate sweeping change to the whole system in the process.
If there's one thing you can do to help grow the Strong Towns movement, it's share our message with others, like Bryan did. Share one of our Facebook posts, write about Strong Towns concepts on your blog, tweet out one of our stories, or just have a conversation with a friend about something you learned from Strong Towns. That's how we grow this movement into a million people who care.
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My hometown of Plano, Texas is the midst of a bubble. Everything seems fine! Taxes are low. The city provides great services. It has an AAA bond rating. The music is still playing, and therefore everyone must remain dancing. But we have a looming problem: staggering long-term infrastructure liabilities that we haven’t even fully accounted for.
We want to equip Strong Towns members with the tools to promote real, substantive public conversations about their towns’ financial futures. Here’s how one member is using those tools.
A “war on cars” won’t win many hearts and minds. Let’s ask for responsibility instead.
The destiny of America is probably set, but that of my community doesn’t have to be.
In most cases, it’s people like you and me who get the short end of the stick.
Our biggest financial problems are not line items in a budget. They are far more systemic.