The traditional development pattern has tremendous financial upside and limited financial downside. In contrast, the suburban approach has limited financial upside and a downside that can literally go negative.
The following video explains why the traditional development pattern outperforms the suburban development pattern every time. 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.
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?