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Why Would a Property Owner Oppose Neighborhood Improvements?

Why Would a Property Owner Oppose Neighborhood Improvements?

As an engineer, I once had property owners turn out en masse to oppose a project I was working on that would fix their potholed street and broken sidewalks. Find out why—and one key policy change that might have led to a different response.

My City Has Massive Infrastructure Liabilities. So Do 99% of the Cities in America.

My City Has Massive Infrastructure Liabilities. So Do 99% of the Cities in America.

My hometown of Plano, Texas is the midst of a bubble. Everything seems fine! Taxes are low. The city provides great services. It has an AAA bond rating. The music is still playing, and therefore everyone must remain dancing. But we have a looming problem: staggering long-term infrastructure liabilities that we haven’t even fully accounted for.

Memphis’s U-Turn: How the City is Committing to a Stronger Future

Memphis’s U-Turn: How the City is Committing to a Stronger Future

Equipped with “grit and grind”—but also with a whole lot of good data on the financial consequences of past development decisions—Memphis, Tennessee is taking smart steps toward a bottom-up renaissance. Just ask its Chief Operating Officer, Doug McGowen.

What's In Your City's Wallet?

What's In Your City's Wallet?

City officials often ask, “What target price point for new homes will ensure that we can balance our books?” Here’s why they’re asking the wrong question.

Paved With Good Intentions

Paved With Good Intentions

Doing the math on a routine, uncontroversial street paving project reveals an investment that will never pay for itself, in a city that has thousands of such investments. That we do it anyway reflects the cultural consensus at the root of our towns’ financial problems.

Best of 2018: The More We Grow, the Poorer We Become

Best of 2018: The More We Grow, the Poorer We Become

Local governments can’t take on more and more promises without generating enough wealth to meet those obligations—not without a reckoning. We need a radical revolution in how we plan, manage, and inhabit our cities, counties, and neighborhoods. We need a Strong Towns approach.

Value Per Acre Analysis: A How-To For Beginners

Value Per Acre Analysis: A How-To For Beginners

Want to do the kind of value-per-acre analysis that you’ve seen on Strong Towns before, but don’t think of yourself as a data wizard? Here’s a step by step guide for beginners.

The More We Grow, the Poorer We Become

The More We Grow, the Poorer We Become

Local governments can’t take on more and more promises without generating enough wealth to meet those obligations—not without a reckoning. We need a radical revolution in how we plan, manage, and inhabit our cities, counties, and neighborhoods. We need a Strong Towns approach.

Growing Lasting Wealth in Cobb County

Growing Lasting Wealth in Cobb County

Communities like Cobb County must address the problems that have plagued them from the outset by encouraging the style of development that produces true value per acre.

Rigged Games in Local Budgeting

Rigged Games in Local Budgeting

“Gamifying” public participation in budgeting—by inviting citizens to move imaginary buckets of money around—is essentially a charade. All the while, we’re failing to get to the root causes of municipal budget struggles.

Seeing the Forest Without the Trees

Seeing the Forest Without the Trees

The scale and value of what we’ve sacrificed in order to build parking lots and highways is staggering. Only by understanding that loss can we figure out how to build stronger towns.