Top 5 Strong Towns Stories This Week (August 14-18, 2017)

Here's what got the most reads on our site this week:

Turning "Renewal" into Renaissance: The Transformation of Downtown Rochester

by Austin Maitland | August 15, 2017

After years of neglect, downtown Rochester has found an unexpected ally: residents.

Dying to Widen Highways

by Joe Cortright | August 14, 2017

Oregon’s DOT seems to be more concerned with making cars go faster than saving lives.

Financing Suburbia: How Government Mortage Policy Determined Where You Live

by Devon Marisa Zuegel | August 16, 2017

On the surface, mortgages appear to be a mostly free market enterprise, but the system masks a huge amount of government intervention. 

Strength Test #4: Are accessory dwelling units allowed in your town?

by Rachel Quednau | August 16, 2017

In your town, is an owner of a single family home able to get permission to add a small rental unit onto their property without any real hassle? If not, you've got work to do.

Peoria's Parking Problem

by Rachel Quednau | August 17, 2017

What happens when you fill your city with parking? Lots and lots of low value land, and not much else.

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