Let Us Know How You're Working to Make Your Town Stronger


Strong Towns member Joseph Molnar  started an initiative  to restore the street tree canopy in his town of South Bend, IN.

Strong Towns member Joseph Molnar started an initiative to restore the street tree canopy in his town of South Bend, IN.

If you’re here reading this—and especially if you’re a regular Strong Towns reader or a devoted listener of our three weekly podcasts—you’re probably someone who cares deeply about a place.

You’re keenly aware of how the built environment around us—our “human habitat” as our founder Chuck Marohn describes it in the opening chapter of the upcoming Strong Towns book—affects our quality of life, our prosperity, and our ability to sustain those things far into the future. Which means you’re probably involved in some way in trying to make your place—your own block, neighborhood, city, or region—better and more resilient.

We want to know what you’re up to. In fact, right now, we need your help. Our spring member drive is coming up in a couple weeks, and we want to showcase the range of places where Strong Towns members are out there getting it done in their communities.

A nonprofit called 64.6 has helped spark a downtown renaissance in Fort Smith, AR through public art, placemaking, and events.

We talk a lot about how our cities and towns need to sweat the small stuff: find the little things that need doing in each neighborhood, that respond to people’s real struggles, and get them done. These are the highest-returning investments we can make in our communities. And that means no effort is too small (or too big) to be worth documenting.

Maybe you got a group of citizens together to push for safer street design—a new crosswalk or bike lane, a curb extension to slow down traffic—so your kids can walk to school.

Maybe you helped turn a vacant lot into a community garden or a new local business or homes for people in your community.

Maybe you’re a city planner, and ideas inspired by Strong Towns made it into your latest comprehensive plan, influenced your transportation priorities, or helped you win support to reform outdated regulations.

Strong Towns member David Shorr, a city council member in Stevens Point, WI,  led a successful effort  to calm traffic on a dangerous street in his city.

Strong Towns member David Shorr, a city council member in Stevens Point, WI, led a successful effort to calm traffic on a dangerous street in his city.

Maybe you’re an elected official and you’ve started asking a deeper set of questions about how your community is preparing itself for the future.

Maybe you’re a developer or architect and we changed how you think about creating a place that will stand the test of time.

Maybe you just did something as small as planting a tree in front of your house to give passerby on foot a little shade—and helped your neighbors do the same.

Whatever you’ve done, we want to know about it.

• Have you done something in your town that’s inspired by our message and content? Do you know of others who have?

• Is Strong Towns helping to change the conversation where you live? Has it influenced local policy or decisions?

We want to hear about it, so we can tell the world how we’re getting the word out there. So we made a survey. It’s short and simple, so please take a few minutes, click the button below, and let us know if you’ve got a local success story—or a future one in progress—that’s escaped our notice.

You can also contact our content manager, Daniel Herriges, directly at daniel@strongtowns.org if you have a story you think we should tell on the site.

(Cover photo: St. Louis residents create a pop-up roundabout to slow traffic on a dangerous street.)