We started Strong Towns because we realized that the standard approach to growth and development was not working. We know there is a better way—a way to build our cities that cultivates community wealth, not debt and bankruptcy; a way to build our places that responds to the needs of the people, not the desires of distant decision makers; a way to take small steps and test out ideas, instead of going all in on expensive projects.
Put simply, here's the difference between the standard approach and the Strong Towns approach:
Which would you choose for your town?
If our historic downtowns had to follow present-day parking minimum laws, they would never be built.
The key to building a stronger town is cultivating dynamic household economies. Cities across the globe have mastered this. Why can't we?
America's pre-Depression development pattern relied on exploitation of workers, poor living conditions and exclusion of women and minorities. How is the Strong Towns approach, which advocates for traditional development patterns, different?