The Shape of Things to Come

The Shape of Things to Come

We’ve got the built environment that we have and the overwhelming majority of it isn’t going to change.

Why Casinos?

Why Casinos?

I remain curious as to why a casino plays such a central role in our city's discussions of economic development.

Strong Towns Does the ABCs

Strong Towns Does the ABCs

A couple weeks ago, we showed you "Your Highway ABC Book," a piece of propaganda for children put out by the National Highway Users Conference in the 1930s. Now we're sharing our own ABCs.

Toll roads hurt the poor?

Toll roads hurt the poor?

Let's not allow a simplistic reaction to direct funding of highways -- as opposed to our current indirect approach -- keep us from doing things that will help everyone, especially the poor.

The Week Ahead: This Stuff is Fraud

The Week Ahead: This Stuff is Fraud

Chuck and Rachel dish about the fraudulent justification of a highway project and the current standings in the Strongest Town Contest.

Valparaiso, IN (bye week)

Valparaiso, IN (bye week)

Valparaiso, IN has a bye this week due to their competitors stepping out of the contest. But we'd still like to show you their photos, demonstrating what makes them a strong town.

Keepin' it Wheel

Keepin' it Wheel

Mr. Trash Wheel teaches a lesson about the power of ‘loveability.’

Lafayette, LA vs. Lowell, MA

Lafayette, LA vs. Lowell, MA

Two unique cities compete for the title of "strongest" in the latest match-up in our Strongest Town Contest.

The Economics of the I-49 Connector, Part 3

The Economics of the I-49 Connector, Part 3

Shreveport is overwhelmed -- except for a short period of time in a limited space -- with excess auto capacity, yet the I-49 Connector economic impact report cites a study of French cities to suggest more capacity is needed. C’est pas vrai.

Yet Another Flawed Congestion Report

Yet Another Flawed Congestion Report

If “big data” and “smart cities” are really going to amount to anything substantial, it has to be more than just generating high tech scare stories.

Planting the Seed for an Urban Forest

Planting the Seed for an Urban Forest

John Thomas is a Strong Towns member who believes trees are a vital part of any urban landscape and he’s been working to get his town of Iowa City to plant more of them.