Here's what got the most reads on our site this week:
1. The Real Reason Your Local Mall is Failing
by Charles Marohn | April 23, 2018
The closing of the mall’s anchor store exposes how fragile the community’s business model is, providing an opening to shift approach.
2. Stuck: Why Rent and Mortgage-burdened Americans Don’t Always Move to Cheaper Pastures
by Kea Wilson | April 25, 2018
It’s about so much more than just the cost of housing.
3. Why Development-Oriented Transit is Better than Transit-Oriented Development
by Rachel Quednau | April 25, 2018
Great places need a train less than a train needs a great place.
4. Gerontopoly: Homeownership, Wealth, and Age
by Joe Cortright | April 25, 2018
Is the “dream” of homeownership really just a massive, intergenerational wealth transfer? Recently, that’s just how it has worked out.
5. Cohousing Offers Community and a Different Way to Live
by Bridget Newsham | April 23, 2018
But affordable options are few and far between.
(Top photo source: U.S. Air Force photo by Matt Bilden)
Don’t miss our top 5 recent stories! In the last few days we’ve covered historic zoning reform in the Pacific Northwest; the lessons of European urbanism; the transformative power of public art; and our own founder’s journey to understanding the perverse incentives that shaped the world he was building as a young civil engineer.
We’re thrilled to see ideas that have been important to Strong Towns for years reflected in the national conversation, from ending exclusive single-family zoning to the high returns on building walkable neighborhoods. Check out these stories and more, in our top 5 posts of the week.
Our most popular recent articles dig into what it really means to build a city incrementally to be strong and resilient, including how to create great public spaces, and how to get the mix of neighborhoods businesses you want—without subsidy.
Who is an expert in how to build and sustain a strong place? Who has the solutions? Our top articles of the past couple weeks got at the crux of this question—and at why we’re building a mass movement instead of focusing on changing a few policy makers’ minds.
How do we create the kind of places that are lovable, distinctive, and will retain their value over time, rather than being discarded like cheap furniture when their age starts to show? This week’s top stories offer some insights.
In this week’s top stories, we dug deep into the relationship between infrastructure spending and local economic productivity and resilience. From Minnesota to Florida to Texas, our approach to growth and development is producing massive long-term liabilities without the wealth to show for it. We need a paradigm shift.