Top 5 Recent Stories (August 12–August 16, 2019)

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1. Why Does Infrastructure Cost So Much?

by Charles Marohn | August 12, 2019

Why does infrastructure cost so much to build in the U.S.? The fundamental reasons aren’t technical. We’ve structured our postwar economy to use overspending on infrastructure as a way to induce short-term growth.

2. The Cult of the Fantasy Pedestrian

by Daniel Herriges | August 14, 2019

If your goal is to promote public safety, design streets for the humans you have, not the perfectly obedient ones you wish you had.

3. Low-cost, Temporary Changes Make for a Safer and Friendlier Street in Provo, Utah

by Austin Taylor | August 8, 2019

A year after a 15-year-old was killed crossing the street from a rec center in Provo, Utah, these #StrongCitizens got together to demonstrate how much safer (and more pleasant) Provo’s city’s streets could be if not designed for high speed traffic. Find out how they did it.

4. To Build Sustainable Places, Look to the Past, Not Just the Future

Strong Towns Podcast | Steve Mouzon & Charles Marohn | August 12, 2019

“Sustainable” is a buzzword that often conjures images of technological wizardry aimed at solving environmental problems. But what if our ancestors knew a lot more about sustainability than we give them credit for? Architect and The Original Green author Steve Mouzon thinks they did.

5. You Can't Make It Up

by Charles Marohn | August 15, 2019

When my school district proposed tearing down buildings for parking, I and others suggested there were more creative and less destructive ways to solve these problems. We were scoffed at, and we lost. Hate to say, “I told you so,” but….

(Cover photo by Austin Taylor)