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How Planners Can Adopt Strong Towns Principles for Their Firms

How Planners Can Adopt Strong Towns Principles for Their Firms

Rik Adamski, Principal at neighborhood planning firm ASH+LIME, incorporates Strong Towns principles into his firm’s work, and shares how you can do the same: identify low risk, high return projects for a city, and encourage city leaders to embrace the next increment of development.

What Happens When You Challenge Your Own Profession's Dogma?

What Happens When You Challenge Your Own Profession's Dogma?

Four years ago, a fellow civil engineer in Minnesota tried (unsuccessfully) to challenge Strong Towns president Chuck Marohn’s license, in retaliation for Strong Towns’s criticism of infrastructure lobbying organizations. This incident still says a lot today about the need for reform in the profession.

We Need a Sea Change in How We Think About Roads and Streets

We Need a Sea Change in How We Think About Roads and Streets

Is the engineering profession institutionally and intellectually prepared for a world in which we recognize that we need to slow down cars on urban streets? Revisiting one of our best podcast episodes of all time, in which Strong Towns President Chuck Marohn asks this question.

Why Routine Traffic Stops Don't Make Us Safer

Why Routine Traffic Stops Don't Make Us Safer

Speed enforcement won’t fix what’s actually a street design problem. And the way we use speed enforcement as a tool to accomplish other goals unrelated to speeding ends up not making anyone safer.

How Local Businesses can Become (Economically Resilient) Gathering Places

How Local Businesses can Become (Economically Resilient) Gathering Places

Strong Towns’s own Kea Wilson discusses what her time as a bookseller at Left Bank Books in St. Louis taught her about making local businesses a third place, including what building a third place actually looks like, how third places are more economically resilient, and how you can make your local business a third place.

How the Modest Walk Can Connect You to Your Community

How the Modest Walk Can Connect You to Your Community

In this episode of our podcast It’s the Little Things, Jacob chats with Dustin Ratcliff—founding member of Walk2Connect—about how you can connect with your community on foot, including how to motivate your neighbors to form a walking group, how to use your walking group to influence how your city or town is develop, and how connecting with your community on foot makes our cities and towns stronger.

Breaking Down Silos in Rural Communities

Breaking Down Silos in Rural Communities

In this episode of our podcast It’s the Little Things, Jacob chats with Jordan Katcher—Community Development Specialist for the State of Utah, focusing on rural communities—about how government employees can break down silos in rural communities, including how to choose who to get involved in the process, how to understand the needs of rural communities, and most important, how breaking down silos can make rural communities stronger.


How to Translate Your Ideas into Data-Driven Action

How to Translate Your Ideas into Data-Driven Action

In this episode of our podcast It’s the Little Things, Jacob chats with three local leaders in open data—Kyle Taylor, Jesse Hamner, and Habib—share how open data works, including how you can use open data to act on your ideas, how you can encourage your elected officials to adopt open data policies, and how open data can make your city or town stronger.