Top 5 Recent Stories (September 9-September 13, 2019)

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1. Want to Understand How Freeways Destroyed U.S. Cities? Watch This Guy Play Cities:Skylines.

by Strong Towns | September 11, 2019

A Youtuber who goes by donoteat01 brilliantly uses the Cities:Skylines video game as a storytelling tool — in this case, to help us understand the ugly human consequences of the postwar urban freeway-building era.

2. 7 Rules for Creating "15-Minute Neighborhoods"

by Daniel Herriges | September 6, 2019

We hear it everywhere we go: people want, and cherish, the kind of complete neighborhood where you can meet most of your daily needs within a 15-minute walk. What will it take to create more such places in North American cities and towns?

3. The Strong America Tour Starts this Week

by Charles Marohn | September 9, 2019

The Strong America Tour starts this week with a swing through the Pacific Northwest. Here’s what to expect.

4. The Ruin and the Mansion

by Spencer Gardner | September 9, 2019

Two very different buildings in Spokane illustrate the unfulfilled promises of the post-war suburban experiment and the potential for new life in even the unlikeliest of neighborhoods.

5. The Way We Use Traffic Projections is a Lie. Even at the National Academy of Sciences.

by Daniel Herriges | September 11, 2019

A new report on the interstate highway system from the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences is not propaganda for the road-building industry. So why does it still read like it is?

Top photo of Spokane via Eric Muhr.