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.
Problems have solutions. Predicaments have outcomes. We're in a predicament.
A federal infrastructure bill is going to make your city poorer in the long run. Here's how.
Most American cities experience a modest, short term illusion of wealth in exchange for enormous, long term liabilities.
This classic Strong Towns video explains what's wrong with the engineering profession.
We need to stop accommodating bikers and pedestrians within an auto-dominated environment and instead do the opposite.
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.
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.
There are a handful of ways engineers deflect criticism. Here are five that we’ve heard time and time again.
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.
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.
This one’s on you, engineering profession. Society is done tolerating this level of indifference, incompetence and incoherence. What are you going to do?
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 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.
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 underpinnings of the current financial crisis lie in a living arrangement—the American pattern of development—that does not financially support itself.
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.
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.