Over the past 60 years, we have built millions of developments that we cannot afford to maintain. Cities of the past built themselves much more affordably than we do now; we can learn from them.
The following video explains what incremental development looks like and how we can return to this way of building. It's part of a series called the Curbside Chat. If you've been a member of Strong Towns for a while, you're probably familiar with it. If not, it's time to acquaint yourself.
This video was created by Gracen Johnson.
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