We'll be back with our regular content tomorrow, but today,
we want to wish you and your town a Happy Labor Day!
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Routine traffic stops are dangerous for all involved and do little to improve safety. It's time to end the practice.
We must build places that enable us to see the lives of others with knowledge, love, and compassion. This means getting our hands dirty in the soil of our community.
We figured out how to live in an exciting kid-friendly city on the cheap.
I encourage you all to stop using the word "sprawl." It doesn't accurately describe the problem, it prevents us from getting to real responses and it unnecessarily divides the national dialog in ways that are unhelpful.
We produced over 100 podcasts in 2016. Here's our 7 best podcasts from the year.
Scale our economy to those working at the ground level and we will see a true prosperity emerge from the fear and acrimony that is our national dialog.
Do car drivers have to pull up to each intersection, lean out their window and push a button in order to get a green light? No.
If the global economy is like a hot air balloon, we're only given the option to continually go higher -- despite the risk -- or cut all the air and crash. Those options aren't good enough.
What will happen to homeowner's associations in an America with increasing suburban poverty? It will be messy.
Building after massive building now
Can we have cities that work with economics that don't?
We've traded stability for growth, but now we find that we have neither.
There is arguably no place where half a century of suburban growth has more resembled a giant Ponzi scheme than in Florida.
We don't have a checklist of things we are trying to accomplish that includes, as one aspiration, public investments that make financial sense. As we say in our core principles: Financial solvency is a prerequisite.
Entrepreneurship is a hot word these days. Lots of towns say they would like to attract more entrepreneurs and grow their small business communities. But how do you do it?
Maine lacks the money it needs to do basic maintenance on its transportation system. Their institutional response to this emergency is to cling to an archaic code book while projecting a value system of improve, Improve, IMPROVE.
Who should design streets? The answer is as simple as it is radical: everyone.
What would possess a transit agency to change every route in its system overnight? We were out of money; it was time to start thinking.
In this hard hitting four-part series, Chuck examines our dangerously designed roads which cause thousands of deaths every year. The series focuses, in particular, on the deaths of children along dangerous road corridors.
As we continue to slide into more difficult times, it is going to take people with very strong principles of peace and justice to help us find that that soft landing we need.
Planners should be the conservation biologists of the urban ecosystem.
Density is not our problem or our solution. Insolvency is our problem. Productive places are the solution.
What happens when you get rid of minimum parking requirements in a downtown district while also adding 4,500 people to the downtown?
The megaproject is the least-dumb idea that consensus provides.
Homelessness is an issue that we as Strong Towns advocates should care about. Put simply: your town is not strong if some of your residents lack homes. How can we get there in a practical and lasting manner?
We took a system where gentrification was a positive force for wealth creation among the underprivileged and, under the guise of improving their situation, changed the system in a way that now primarily benefits the wealthy, where it benefits anyone at all.
There’s a weird war raging these days between people who advocate urban living and folks who can’t stand to live in anything but a fully detached home. I always choose the thing in the middle. I’m a Main Street kind of guy.
While our modern stroad environments discourage children from walking to school, George is fighting back, and helping his daughters gain independence in the process.
The Iowa DOT Director acknowledges that we've built more highways and bridges than we will maintain. The system is going to shrink.
Our goal should not be to "get projects built" but to have a transportation funding system that makes our people, cities, states and country stronger. While new transportation funding is needed, more money without significant reform is worse than no funding at all.