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Episode 5. More than Math: Living with Intention in Our Stronger Towns

Episode 5. More than Math: Living with Intention in Our Stronger Towns

Building stronger towns isn’t just about planning, engineering and development. We need to address questions about cultivating rich and abundant lives in our neighborhoods. How do we live out our values when so much of the built environment seems to be working against us?

Best of 2018: The Psychology of Decline

Best of 2018: The Psychology of Decline

For a struggling city, negative perceptions from with the community can send it into a spiral of decline. It takes a major shift in perspective to get the city back on track.

Cobb County: Addicted to Growth

Cobb County: Addicted to Growth

Why do places like Cobb County, Georgia keep spending more and more, while their municipal budgets go further and further into the red? This week at Strong Towns, we’re going to dig into the tale of Cobb County: a poster child for the Ponzi-scheme approach to growth.

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.

The Psychology of Decline

The Psychology of Decline

For a struggling city, negative perceptions from with the community can send it into a spiral of decline. It takes a major shift in perspective to get the city back on track.