Why all these new storefronts are sitting vacant.
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.
For a struggling city, negative perceptions from with the community can send it into a spiral of decline. It takes a major shift in perspective to get the city back on track.
Incremental approaches are often cheaper, faster, or have less risk than sudden approaches. Let’s explore different types of incrementalism.
The closing of the mall’s anchor store exposes how fragile the community’s business model is, providing an opening to shift approach.
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.
Automated vehicle technology will do nothing to make our streets better places to be.
"Developers in my city are only building luxury housing. They're not building anything that ordinary people can afford." If you’ve said this lately, or heard someone else say it, here are five possible reasons why.
As a cycling advocate, I avoid talking about the times when riding a bike in the city is scary, because I don’t want to deter would-be new riders from giving it a try. There’s only one problem with pretending I’m never afraid: it isn’t true.
The most important thing for a local government is to avoid ruin.
Gentrification and concentrated poverty are two sides of the same coin. We’ve engineered our cities so that neighborhoods get either too much investment or too little: the trickle or the fire hose.
It is the experiences of real people that should guide our planning efforts. Their actions are the data we should be collecting, not their stated preferences.
Here are a few ideas to make you a more effective—and interesting—public hearing participant.
3 dollars and cents arguments that definitively prove the need for people-oriented, walk-friendly places.
We can make low risk, high returning investments in our cities while improving the quality of life for people, particularly those who are not benefiting from the current approach.
The consequence for minor lapses in judgment shouldn’t be death.
In this formative series, we lay out the value and importance of incremental development — and why it must be the only path forward if we want to build strong towns.
Many people leave the city and head for the suburbs once they have children. I did the opposite.
Here are our 6 most talked about and beloved podcast episodes from the year.
Improving a city doesn't take a lot of money. It just takes courage.