We believe that a nation full of towns that take on small, incremental projects to improve their neighborhoods is a much better model than a nation where the federal government goes trillions of dollars in debt in the hopes of growing the economy through megaprojects.

Do you agree? If so, you might want to submit a small, incremental project to our infrastructure contest.


You’re invited to nominate a project from your town (or a town you’re familiar with) that exemplifies Strong Towns principles including:

  • local decision-making and public input
  • bottom-up rather than top-down action
  • project design that’s built to adapt or change incrementally
  • utilizing existing resources, land and infrastructure instead of building from scratch
  • true return on investment

We’re looking for homegrown, neighborhood-based small bets. For the purposes of this contest, we’re defining an "infrastructure project" as any community investment (public or private) that interacts with the public realm and improves the neighborhood in some way. This is part of our ongoing conversation on infrastructure and debt in America.

Once we receive these submissions, we’ll review them as a staff and select the best ones for publication on our website. Then you, our readers and listeners, will get a chance to vote for whichever one that you think most exemplifies Strong Towns principles.

Read contest rules and guidelines, and see project examples here.

(Top photo of Lancaster, CA road diet, courtesy of Streetsblog)