The Strong Towns staff and board are convening for an annual meeting for the next three days, so we'll be taking a short break from content in order to focus on planning for 2017 and beyond.
We'll be back to our usual schedule on Monday. Have a great weekend and in the meantime, you can check out some of our most popular content from the last few weeks below.
Transportation engineers are ethically bound to “hold paramount the safety, health, and welfare of the public.” What is their obligation when unsafe, but commonplace, road design practices conflict with that mandate?
School officials in my town claim our neighborhoods are too unsafe for their children to walk to school. Yet the actual key to safety lies in numbers. We need designs that make it so more, not fewer, people will choose to walk.
There is no justification for a city to maintain minimum parking requirements, to force others to build parking, or to build parking for others to use at no charge.
Big boxes arguably helped to kill the classic main street. Can they also bring it back?
Is a desire for local character your jam? If so, fight for missing-middle commercial space in your neighborhood. Fight for the corner bar and the corner store. We need an approach that is much more flexible, more true to what humans want from cities, and messier.
We don’t form our opinions about beauty, the value of a dollar, or the value of a house or neighborhood, in a vacuum—we come up with those beliefs based on a long chain of assumptions about what we think other people think.
(Top photo: Strong Towns president, Chuck Marohn and Strong Towns board member John Reuter)