E-Scooters and Paying for Roads

E-Scooters and Paying for Roads

Charging electric scooter companies for their use of public space is sensible, but why stop there? What if car drivers were actually asked to pay the full costs they impose as well?

Rigged Games in Local Budgeting

Rigged Games in Local Budgeting

“Gamifying” public participation in budgeting—by inviting citizens to move imaginary buckets of money around—is essentially a charade. All the while, we’re failing to get to the root causes of municipal budget struggles.

Safety For Whom?

Safety For Whom?

A Strong Towns member’s original research on where pedestrians are and are not hit by vehicles in his city of Rockford, Illinois, makes clear that street design matters. A lot.

A Strong Towns Crash Course

A Strong Towns Crash Course

If you're new to this space, welcome. Here are 5 steps to help get yourself acquainted with our message and our movement.

Seeing the Forest Without the Trees

Seeing the Forest Without the Trees

The scale and value of what we’ve sacrificed in order to build parking lots and highways is staggering. Only by understanding that loss can we figure out how to build stronger towns.

Most Public Engagement is Worthless

Most Public Engagement is Worthless

It is the experiences of real people that should guide our planning efforts. Their actions are the data we should be collecting, not their stated preferences.

More Evidence That We Have Too Much Parking

More Evidence That We Have Too Much Parking

A new comprehensive inventory of parking in five U.S. cities provides yet more persuasive evidence: we have built way too much parking, and it is a huge drag on the fiscal solvency and the vitality of our cities and towns.

“Why Are Developers Only Building Luxury Housing?”

“Why Are Developers Only Building Luxury Housing?”

"Developers in my city are only building luxury housing. They're not building anything that ordinary people can afford." If you’ve said this lately, or heard someone else say it, here are five possible reasons why.