Strong Towns is trying to change the entire system of growth and development in North America. That's a pretty big task, but we know that by shifting the conversation about these issues, we can begin to shift minds, hearts and actions too.
If you care about this mission and want to help us grow a movement of a million people who care about building Strong Towns, we need you to become a member of this movement.
William Neher is from Regina, Saskatchewan and he's been a member of Strong Towns for two years. He has taken the Strong Towns mission to heart and he's working to change the conversation in his community. Today, he's sharing a few words about why he's a member and what it's inspired him to do.
Being a voice for new urbanism in Western Canada can be a very lonely experience. Frequently you come against deeply rooted ideologies that are strongly advocated for by all levels of government and industry stalwarts. You feel like a lone voice calling out in the wilderness.
When a random search for information lead me to the Strong Towns website, it was like discovering new members of your extended family. It was so encouraging to hear that my struggles are not isolated to my community but are in fact universal to communities, large and small, across North America.
I'm a member of Strong Towns because it helps me to connect with others who believe in the need to change how we build our cities.
I specifically found inspiration in the concept of the Curbside Chats. Engaging the community on important topics in a non-threatening setting, using non-technical language is brilliant. In our community these discussions are typically presented by our city’s planning department and feature terminology and concepts that would challenge a 3rd year planning student.
Several months ago, I started presenting a series of free seminars, open to the public, exploring key topics such as walkable communities, infill development and affordable housing. What I’ve discovered is a built-up demand for information about these important topics.
Many citizens have been questioning the status quo and have been looking for opportunities to learn about how they can advocate effectively for change. For the first time in many years I am optimistic about the future of our community.
If Strong Towns is giving you hope about the future of your community and helping you speak to your neighbors about building a stronger town,
join the movement.