If your city is struggling to balance its budget, it’s not enough to just cut costs and not seek to increase revenues. That’s like a cyclist who tries to improve their performance only by losing weight.
Learn how one Texas-based Strong Towns member used the Strong Towns message to ask city council candidates the hard questions that—when we grapple with them—lead to stronger cities and towns.
Is Strong Towns changing the conversation in our town? Have you taken an action to make your place stronger that’s inspired by our message? We want to hear about it.
Not everything in a Strong Town can be about dollars and cents. The finances constrain us—they are an important check on our avarice—but the things that make a place worth loving go far beyond the balance sheet.
Being a small business owner, especially in a smaller town, can give you an up front look at how local government works… and at what’s not working as well as it should. Here’s an interview with one strong citizen who’s hoping to take what he’s learned to City Hall.
In the new year, why not consider a few activities that you can complete in a single day that will help you see your town differently? Let’s call it the #StrongTownsChallenge. And don’t worry: there’s no ice water involved.
What does it take to be a small-scale developer in a struggling part of town? To put your money where your mouth is and participate in incremental neighborhood revitalization? One of our staffers knows firsthand.
Here are a few ideas to make you a more effective—and interesting—public hearing participant.
Our members are out there turning good ideas into reality in their own communities. They’re doing it by connecting with fellow strong citizens—and we want to help you do the same.
Sometimes the smallest things we can do for our towns deliver the biggest return on investment. And the best part: you don’t even have to wait to get started.
Is Strong Towns changing the conversation in our town? Have you taken action to make your place stronger that’s inspired by our message? We want to hear about it.
San Jose, California has embraced active transportation and pledged to eliminate vehicular deaths. So why is the city intent on widening a neighborhood street and building a four-lane overpass next to an elementary school?
In Akron, Ohio an alternative-news monthly called The Devil Strip serves to identify, connect and inspire people throughout the community. The newspaper helps bring Akronites together to envision and shape the city’s future.
Our Gathering Coordinator Ivy Vann recaps #StrongTownsNTX, the North Texas Regional Gathering. We brought together aspiring change-makers and seasoned experts from all over Texas and beyond, and helped them connect with each other and learn how to make their own communities stronger.
The core neighborhoods of our big cities and our small towns have more in common than we might think.
Sometimes our community leaders don’t do what we think they should. Here are some suggestions for getting their attention and influencing the agenda in your town or city.
Something as small as public art can help transform the public’s perception of a troubled neighborhood park. It’s a testament to the power of bottom-up, incremental change.
If you had five minutes to plant a seed in the mind of an influential leader in your community, what would you tell them? Or give them to read? What article do you wish Strong Towns would publish that would help you make a concrete, needed change in your own community?
The idea of a community garden isn’t a new one. Now, when modern life seems to be more stressful and uncertain than ever, community gardens could prove to be the salve that heals our hurting communities.
“It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood.”