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.
These 8 towns will advance to the next round of the contest.
Don't be seduced by the "signature project" that takes 20 years to complete, when there's huge basket of small projects you could hit the ground running on. That's a wildly different approach than anything our transit agencies or federal transportation funding mechanisms are set up for. But it's a more promising one.
We, as a culture, have become so fixated on growing jobs in our communities that we can’t see anything else. It is up to us to recognize that our cities and metro areas can ask for better.
Even the fastest-growing cities have them: under-utilized lots in the center of town whose owners don’t want to develop, but also don’t want to sell. Often, the property tax code rewards this kind of land speculation.
Revisiting one of our most popular conversations ever, with well-known blogger and financial self-sufficiency expert Mr. Money Mustache. (Who has been in the news in 2019 for an amusing reason!)
The property tax punishes modest improvements and rewards steady decline. People who take steps to add value to their property pay more taxes, while slumlords and speculators pay less. There are a lot of reasons for cities to switch to a tax on land value, and more states should allow cities to make that change.
(Top photo: Strong Towns president, Chuck Marohn and Strong Towns board member John Reuter)