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The 5 Immutable Laws of Affordable Housing

The 5 Immutable Laws of Affordable Housing

Here are the 5 immutable laws of affordable housing that cities must recognize if they want to move forward — plus 3 strategies for achieving true housing affordability.

Poor Neighborhoods Make the Best Investments

Poor Neighborhoods Make the Best Investments

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.

The Strong Towns Strength Test

The Strong Towns Strength Test

Here are ten simple questions we call the "Strong Towns Strength Test." A Strong Town should be able to answer “yes” to each of these.

The Growth Ponzi Scheme

The Growth Ponzi Scheme

Most American cities experience a modest, short term illusion of wealth in exchange for enormous, long term liabilities. 

Follow the Rules, Bikers

Follow the Rules, Bikers

We need to stop accommodating bikers and pedestrians within an auto-dominated environment and instead do the opposite.

Mr. Money Mustache

Mr. Money Mustache

Mr. Money Mustache is the individual digital to our community analog. His insights will help you live a better life and, should you choose to be a true Mustachian, put you in position to help your community become a Strong Town.

Enough

Enough

What does the actual global middle class looks like? Take all 7.3 billion people on the planet and line them up according to material wealth like a statistician. Then look toward the center. 

Best of 2015: Gross Negligence

Best of 2015: Gross Negligence

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.

The Curbside Chat, An Introduction

The Curbside Chat, An Introduction

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.

A 20 mph street

A 20 mph street

Two simple photos show the difference between a street designated 20 mph and one designed to be safe. We can't regulate our way to safety.

Places Where I Don't Want to Sit

Places Where I Don't Want to Sit

The idea of asking developers to contribute to public space is excellent (perhaps essential). By the looks of it, this has resulted in millions upon millions of dollars invested in places to sit or frolic. Too bad it keeps ending up in places where no one would actually want to linger... Imagine if we took all that wasted investment and directed it toward building more spaces that make people happy.

Can you be an engineer and speak out for reform?

Can you be an engineer and speak out for reform?

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. 

The Classic Case

The Classic Case

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.

Just another pedestrian killed

Just another pedestrian killed

This one’s on you, engineering profession. Society is done tolerating this level of indifference, incompetence and incoherence. What are you going to do?

Stroad Nation

Stroad Nation

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.