Now that my city’s downtown is starting to thrive, we’re facing a new problem: a barrage of attempts to move centrally-located public facilities to unwalkable, suburban (and even undeveloped) areas.
Ever heard someone say, “You can’t live in that part of town if you have kids. The schools are bad!” In this classic podcast episode from 2015, Chuck Marohn talks with Steven Shultis of Rational Urbanism about the myths vs. reality of urban schools.
School officials in my town claim our neighborhoods are too unsafe for their children to walk to school. Yet the actual key to safety lies in numbers. We need designs that make it so more, not fewer, people will choose to walk.
Retrofitting an urban, neighborhood school to resemble a suburban campus is bad public policy. Doing it in the name of safety is incoherent.
Can stronger schools help a city grappling with an identity crisis get residents to put down roots? In Akron, Ohio, another transformation, driven not by celebrity philanthropy but by local partnerships, is sweeping through the school system.
What’s the impact of a university campus on your city’s downtown? Akron, Ohio offers a valuable illustration.
You can't have a neighborhood school without a neighborhood. We shouldn't be forced to choose between the two.
Gentrification is producing more diverse schools and growing enrollment in Washington, DC.
In this episode, Chuck discusses a neighborhood school slated for demolition in his hometown and the dynamics at play in this decision.
Parents must make a series of trade-offs when choosing schools for their children and figuring out how to get them there.
The only way to successfully improve complex systems is incrementally. Investing tens of millions all at once every 25 to 30 years is a recipe for making a lot of big mistakes.
Here are four questions you may not have thought about yet as you prepare for the school year.
These four steps will help you assess whether your town is a safe place for children to walk and bike on their own.
Dropping off and picking up kids from school can entail navigating a messy labyrinth of parked and moving cars, running kids, bicyclists, and opening car doors. How can we improve it?
A Strong Towns member and college professor uses the Strong Towns Strength Test to help his students examine their communities with a critical eye.
Picking my son up from school in a car would undoubtedly be quicker with less effort on my part. But the benefits of walking outnumber the challenges.
A new high school is heralded as a model of innovation, but it's part of a depressing trend in modern school planning: isolated facilities on the unwalkable fringe.
7 steps to taking the leap and getting the most out of urban public schools.
5 things I learned while teaching my kids to use public transit.
Provo, UT is undertaking a grand experiment in suburbanizing a public high school. Here are 3 major problems with that plan.