My hometown of Plano, Texas is the midst of a bubble. Everything seems fine! Taxes are low. The city provides great services. It has an AAA bond rating. The music is still playing, and therefore everyone must remain dancing. But we have a looming problem: staggering long-term infrastructure liabilities that we haven’t even fully accounted for.
We want to equip Strong Towns members with the tools to promote real, substantive public conversations about their towns’ financial futures. Here’s how one member is using those tools.
To my fellow small town Iowans: stop voting for policies that help you feel good, and start voting for policies that help you live well.
A “war on cars” won’t win many hearts and minds. Let’s ask for responsibility instead.
The destiny of America is probably set, but that of my community doesn’t have to be.
In most cases, it’s people like you and me who get the short end of the stick.
I keep wondering how long the good times are going to last. And after that, what happens?
We hear this term a lot, but it’s never clearly defined.
Our biggest financial problems are not line items in a budget. They are far more systemic.
Is there life for vacant downtown office towers beyond the cubicle?
The worst thing a business of any size can do is alienate their regular patrons by showing favor to new ones. This applies in cities too.
The amount of time our cities spend making rushed decisions is not healthy or productive.
By taking these two simples steps, any town can create a thriving small business community.
Small, scalable businesses are leading urban revitalizations across the country.
I have yet to see a public input process that was participatory enough to reflect the desires of a community.
One Strong Towns member on why he’s part of the movement.
Could a new type of municipal bond help renters and homeowners find common ground in their housing priorities?
Sure, Wal-Marts bring in some sales tax revenue, but that’s a far lower value to your city than you might think.
Housing demand far outstrips supply in many cities.
The slice of Americans who can afford a home and reap the profits off it is increasingly small. So why is homeownership still a huge mechanism for building wealth?