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Monday Member Blog Roll

Language Shapes Policy

Language Shapes Policy

Language bias, are we better off with transportation bill gridlock?, and an Iowa transportation planner gets tactical.

Monday News Digest: Order, Chaos, Fragility, and Flexibility

Monday News Digest: Order, Chaos, Fragility, and Flexibility

The best from Strong Towns members' blogs this week: Hawaii's "Lava People"—experimental housing in a minimal-regulation environment. The appeal of location vs. "unlocation." What makes people identify with the urban environment? The future of the corner store. When to use TIF. Pros and cons of regional consolidation of government. Dallas from a hotel's -eye-view. Unorthodox citizen participation tactics.

Well That's Funny...

Well That's Funny...

This past week included the always entertaining April Fools’ Day, generating interesting faux-articles on urbanism that help illustrate the state of our collective psyche; what we find perversely funny, what we wish were jokes, and what jokes indicate our worst nightmares.

Undermining Prosperity

Undermining Prosperity

Strong Towns member blogs from around the country spotlight examples of how misguided development policy undermines a community's interests. Suburban ruins in California; deadly stroads in Pennsylvania; the faulty argument in favor of keeping an urban freeway in Dallas; doing the math on land use in suburban St. Louis; asking whether local government is serving its poorest constituents in Cedar Rapids; and calling out official corruption in Sarasota.

Hulking Ruins

Hulking Ruins

Portable classrooms, the death spiral of Big Box Urbanism, Uber gets a win in Palm Beach County, and the middle class is stranded in the suburbs