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What Is the Strong Towns Strategy?

What Is the Strong Towns Strategy?

We seek to expose as many people as possible to Strong Towns ideas, and nudge them to act. This is how we aim to change the continent-wide conversation about growth, development, and governance.

Make Little Plans: Maybe Daniel Burnham Was Wrong

Make Little Plans: Maybe Daniel Burnham Was Wrong

In working to create better places, keep the stakes low, so even skeptics are more willing to indulge some risk. Take a little step. Root the conversation in reality. Then adjust and press on to those big plans.

The Road Ahead for Cobb County

The Road Ahead for Cobb County

Cobb County, Georgia, has long been all-in on debt-fueled, unsustainable growth, and faces a tough road ahead as poverty grows and its ability to provide services declines. What are some rational responses to this predicament?

When Extra Parking Might Be a Good Thing

When Extra Parking Might Be a Good Thing

Typically, the thought of converting an old subway tunnel into parking would send shivers down the spines of urbanists. But this project may be a surprisingly beneficial way to catalyze redevelopment in Rochester, New York’s recovering downtown.

Most Public Engagement is Worthless

Most Public Engagement is Worthless

It is the experiences of real people that should guide our planning efforts. Their actions are the data we should be collecting, not their stated preferences.

Corridor Connectivity Failures

Corridor Connectivity Failures

Simple adjustments to neighborhood design could make these places far more walkable. But continuing to design with only cars in mind will remove what little walkability there is.

Targeted Downtown Incentives that Work

Targeted Downtown Incentives that Work

In this week's featured member post, Mike Williams highlights the success of an incentive program that has led to a stunning rebirth of Fargo's downtown.

How to Meet Your Neighbors

How to Meet Your Neighbors

Let’s say you want to organize a social get-together for you and your neighbors. What do you do? How do you make it a success? Let me share what I’ve learned over the years about organizing neighbor events. It's easy!

Progress in an Uncertain World

Progress in an Uncertain World

A Strong Town is a resilient or antifragile town: one that can weather unforeseen disruptions to its economy, society, and environment. Building Strong Towns means creating the conditions for experimentation and being comfortable with the lack of a road map for what the future will look like.

Moving the Overton Window

Moving the Overton Window

How can Strong Towns grow into a movement which brings about transformative change, not tinkering around the edges?

Border Vacuums: Two Sides of the River

Border Vacuums: Two Sides of the River

Cities like to form on water. It follows that there are thousands of cities out there struggling with their own version of North Side, South Side. The phenomenon reminds me of Jane Jacobs on border vacuums.

Big fish in a small pond

Big fish in a small pond

If someone lives in a place dominated by state/fed money where progress is continually are thwarted by state/federal mandates, it is not hard to imagine where the healthy skepticism of government would originate.