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Making Your Neighborhood a Better Place to Play

Making Your Neighborhood a Better Place to Play

Morgan Leichter-Saxby—co-founder at Pop-Up Adventure Play—shares how you can create low cost, low risk places to play in your neighborhood, including how to pitch the idea to your neighbors, how to commit to an incremental approach, and how Pop-Up Adventure Play can help throughout the process.

Neglected Concrete in Your Neighborhood? Why Not Depave It?

Neglected Concrete in Your Neighborhood? Why Not Depave It?

Alix Taylor—Manager of Water Programs at Green Communities Canada—shares how to depave neglected concrete in your own neighborhood, including how to get your neighbors involved in the process, how to pitch the idea to city leaders, and how to find sites in your neighborhood optimal for depaving.

Why Grocery Co-ops Build Strong Towns and How to Start Your Own

Why Grocery Co-ops Build Strong Towns and How to Start Your Own

Jacqueline Hannah—assistant director at the Food Co-op Initiative—shares how you can start a neighborhood grocery co-op in your town, including how to pitch the vision to community members and elected officials, how to translate your enthusiasm into action, and how the Food Co-op initiative can help through every step of the process.

How One Rural Resident Got Neighbors to "Buy In" Towards a Stronger Town

How One Rural Resident Got Neighbors to "Buy In" Towards a Stronger Town

Jeff Eidson—founder of Explore Elkin—shares story behind the idea Explore Elkin and how listeners can successfully create similar groups in their own cities and towns, including how to find and pitch a shared vision to residents, how to motivate residents stuck in a psychology of decline towards their city or town, and how to use the funds generated towards small bets.

More than Music: How Local Music Scenes Make our Cities Stronger

More than Music: How Local Music Scenes Make our Cities Stronger

Joanna Jurgens, Head of Business Affairs at Sofar Sounds, shares how you can foster a local music scene in your community, including how to awaken that DIY spirit that’s so essential to kickstarting a local music scene, how to identify low risk strategies for creating a venue, and how to get local elected officials involved in the process.

How Local Businesses can Become (Economically Resilient) Gathering Places

How Local Businesses can Become (Economically Resilient) Gathering Places

Strong Towns’s own Kea Wilson discusses what her time as a bookseller at Left Bank Books in St. Louis taught her about making local businesses a third place, including what building a third place actually looks like, how third places are more economically resilient, and how you can make your local business a third place.

How the Modest Walk Can Connect You to Your Community

How the Modest Walk Can Connect You to Your Community

In this episode of our podcast It’s the Little Things, Jacob chats with Dustin Ratcliff—founding member of Walk2Connect—about how you can connect with your community on foot, including how to motivate your neighbors to form a walking group, how to use your walking group to influence how your city or town is develop, and how connecting with your community on foot makes our cities and towns stronger.

Breaking Down Silos in Rural Communities

Breaking Down Silos in Rural Communities

In this episode of our podcast It’s the Little Things, Jacob chats with Jordan Katcher—Community Development Specialist for the State of Utah, focusing on rural communities—about how government employees can break down silos in rural communities, including how to choose who to get involved in the process, how to understand the needs of rural communities, and most important, how breaking down silos can make rural communities stronger.


How to Translate Your Ideas into Data-Driven Action

How to Translate Your Ideas into Data-Driven Action

In this episode of our podcast It’s the Little Things, Jacob chats with three local leaders in open data—Kyle Taylor, Jesse Hamner, and Habib—share how open data works, including how you can use open data to act on your ideas, how you can encourage your elected officials to adopt open data policies, and how open data can make your city or town stronger.


Giving Youth the Skills, Education, and Confidence to Make Their Communities Stronger

Giving Youth the Skills, Education, and Confidence to Make Their Communities Stronger

In this episode of our podcast It’s the Little Things, Jacob chats with Latoya Wilson—founder of the Rebuild Workforce Consultancy—shares how you can invest in the youth in your community, including how to understand the learning landscape for youth, how to create programs that are beneficial for students, and how to make your investments last throughout a student’s time in primary school and beyond.



How to Turn Your Intimidating Ideas into (Less Intimidating) Small Actions

How to Turn Your Intimidating Ideas into (Less Intimidating) Small Actions

In this episode of our podcast It’s the Little Things, Jacob chats with Jenna Jarvis—environmental engineer out of St. Louis, Strong Towns member, and winner of our Why I Joined Strong Towns fall member drive contest—about how you can start decide which of our ideas to implement first, including how to start small, how to get your peers involved, and how to keep the momentum going as you plan new actions.


Pop-Up Shops: Lessons Learned and How You Can Start One in Your Downtown

Pop-Up Shops: Lessons Learned and How You Can Start One in Your Downtown

In this episode of our podcast It’s the Little Things, Jacob chats with Caroline Dobbins-Hurteau—staff member at Albion Reinvestment Corporation—about how you can start a successful pop-up shop, including how to pitch the idea to downtown organizations, how to find prospective tenants, and, most important, how to make it an incremental yet lasting success in your city or town.

Could a Community Potluck Help Make Your Town Stronger?

Could a Community Potluck Help Make Your Town Stronger?

In this episode of our podcast It’s the Little Things, Jacob chats with Jordan Deffenbaugh—primary organizer of the Local Conversation Strong Towns Sioux Falls—about how you can spread the Strong Towns message locally, including how to spread the vision among your neighbors, how to give your neighbors a sense of ownership in the process, and, most important, how to get into the nitty-gritty of making your city or town stronger.

Humility and How it Can Help You Get Neighborhood-Boosting Ideas

Humility and How it Can Help You Get Neighborhood-Boosting Ideas

In this episode of our podcast It’s the Little Things, Jacob chats with Strong Towns President Chuck Marohn about how you can get ideas for making your neighborhood stronger, including how both the concerned citizen and the public official can act on ideas, how to share them with your tribe, and how to take the next incremental step in making your neighborhood stronger.

How to Navigate the Obstacles of Building an Accessory Dwelling Unit

How to Navigate the Obstacles of Building an Accessory Dwelling Unit

In this episode of our podcast It’s the Little Things, Jacob chats with Caitlin Bigelow—Founder of Maxable Space—about how you can build an accessory dwelling unit (ADU), including how to check the required zoning, encourage your peer that ADUs are a strong way to build your neighborhood, and discover the benefits beyond passive rental income.

How to Use Gamification to Make Your Historic Business District a Must-See Destination

How to Use Gamification to Make Your Historic Business District a Must-See Destination

In this episode of our podcast It’s the Little Things, Jacob chats with Darren Smith—Founder, President, and CEO of Traipse—about how you can boost your historic business district with gamification, including how to gamification can boost tourism, get more traffic for merchants, and make your historic business district the destination it deserves to be.