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Poor Neighborhoods Make the Best Investments

Poor Neighborhoods Make the Best Investments

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 Growth Ponzi Scheme

The Growth Ponzi Scheme

Most American cities experience a modest, short term illusion of wealth in exchange for enormous, long term liabilities. 

Follow the Rules, Bikers

Follow the Rules, Bikers

We need to stop accommodating bikers and pedestrians within an auto-dominated environment and instead do the opposite.

Best of 2015: Gross Negligence

Best of 2015: Gross Negligence

In this hard hitting four-part series, Chuck examines our dangerously designed roads which cause thousands of deaths every year. The series focuses, in particular, on the deaths of children along dangerous road corridors.

The Curbside Chat, An Introduction

The Curbside Chat, An Introduction

This year we've put resources towards producing a series of videos that share snippets of the Curbside Chat message. Short, shareable videos of key parts of this message topped our request list a year ago. We're provided four thus far. This week -- our last week of the year before we take a break -- we release two more; one on Thursday and the other on Friday.

Can you be an engineer and speak out for reform?

Can you be an engineer and speak out for reform?

Last week I received notice that a complaint had been filed against my professional engineering license. The complaint indicated that I had engaged in “misconduct on the website/blog Strong Towns” for things I have written critical of the engineering profession. 

The Classic Case

The Classic Case

While new transportation funding is needed, more money without significant reform is worse than no funding at all. We need to continue to oppose all of these funding efforts until serious reform is on the table.

Just another pedestrian killed

Just another pedestrian killed

This one’s on you, engineering profession. Society is done tolerating this level of indifference, incompetence and incoherence. What are you going to do?

Stroad Nation

Stroad Nation

We can’t over-simplify the dynamics of all that has happened in Ferguson, but it’s obvious that our platform for building places is creating dynamics primed for social upheaval. The auto-oriented development pattern is a huge financial experiment with massive social, cultural and political ramifications.

The Fool Proof City

The Fool Proof City

The most brilliant innovations in building cities, however, won't come from the current generation of politicians, professionals and advocates. That brilliance is already embodied in the traditional development pattern, a fool proof approach to building places that was developed the hard way.

The cost of auto orientation

The cost of auto orientation

We've reconfigured our public spaces to accommodate the automobile. Today we need the humility to acknowledge that our ancestors -- who built in the traditional style -- may have known what they were doing.

The Growth Ponzi Scheme, Part 1

The Growth Ponzi Scheme, Part 1

The underpinnings of the current financial crisis lie in a living arrangement—the American pattern of development—that does not financially support itself. 

Do we really care about children?

Do we really care about children?

As a society, we are zealous when it comes to the safety of children. And rightfully so. Still, for some reason we find it perfectly acceptable to routinely include them in the most dangerous activity of American life: riding in a car.

Confessions of a Recovering Engineer

Confessions of a Recovering Engineer

When you can't let your kids play in the yard, let alone ride their bike to the store, because you know the street is dangerous, then the engineering profession is not providing society any real value. It's time to stand up and demand a change.