Top 5 Stories This Week (March 5-9, 2018)

Here's our most popular content from the week:

1. The Strongest Town Contest

This week kicked off round 1 of our annual Strongest Town Contest, in which we invited our readers and members to vote for the strongest communities in a series of match-ups. Next week we'll continue the contest with the remaining eight towns. Check back in to learn about them and cast your votes.

2. NIMBYs are Right, Development is Terrible

by Austin Maitland | March 5, 2018

Planners and developers have a lot to learn from their most vocal adversaries.

3. We're not dumber than our ancestors, we just have power tools

by Spencer Gardner | March 6, 2018

Our ancestors had the same impulse toward big, risky projects, but today we have the tools to amplify that impulse to even more dangerous proportions.

4. A Brief History of Setbacks

by Andrew Price | March 7, 2018

If you want to understand housing affordability and transportation issues, start with setbacks.

5. The Power of the Coffee Shop

by Adrian Horbovetz | March 8, 2018

Coffee shops are often the perfect spark to ignite downtown rebirth. Here's why.

(Top photo source: Johnny Sanphillippo)