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What's Missing From the Green New Deal

What's Missing From the Green New Deal

The proposed Green New Deal is ambitious and urgent—but completely omits any mention of local land use. Can sweeping federal policy mix with the kind of decentralized, bottom-up change we need?

The Hidden Value of a Poor Neighborhood

The Hidden Value of a Poor Neighborhood

All over North America, poor neighborhoods often punch above their weight when it comes to contributing real value and resilience to their cities—in both financial productivity and other, less quantifiable strengths.

What's the Real Size of Your City?

What's the Real Size of Your City?

Many of the most pressing problems we face can only be addressed if we know when to think about them locally, and when to think about them regionally.

Growth and the Fallacy of Control

Growth and the Fallacy of Control

The pitfalls of rapid growth are real. But trying to micromanage how, where, and even if our cities are allowed to grow is not the answer.

Best of 2018: Gentrification and Cataclysmic Money

Best of 2018: Gentrification and Cataclysmic Money

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.

If We Win, You Won't Hear About It

If We Win, You Won't Hear About It

If Strong Towns is successful—really successful—you won't hear about it, because the vast majority of the change we produce won't be attributed to us at all. It will be embedded in the broader culture.

A Guide to Busting Parking Myths in Your Town

A Guide to Busting Parking Myths in Your Town

“There’s no parking around there!” How to hit the streets and collect the data yourself, and figure out whether your neighborhood actually has a parking shortage—or, more likely, an excess.

How Is Strong Towns Different?

How Is Strong Towns Different?

There are a lot of worthy movements and organizations that want your time, energy, and money. Here are some things that set Strong Towns apart.

The Comcast of Transportation?

The Comcast of Transportation?

Two recent articles illuminate a troubling trend toward locking ride-share, bike-share and scooter users onto proprietary platforms, making it harder to plan trips that could really free us from car-dependence.

We Regulate the Wrong Things

We Regulate the Wrong Things

Most cities’ zoning and development regulations obsess over things that are easy to measure, like building height and density, at the expense of the things that actually determine whether we’re building quality places.