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Changing the Conversation

Changing the Conversation

“Though many of our worst problems are big, they do not necessarily have big solutions. Many needed changes will have to be made in individual lives… and in local communities.” Wendell Berry wrote these words about reforming agriculture, but they apply to building Strong Towns as well.

Saving Our Historic Water Tower, One Bite at a Time

Saving Our Historic Water Tower, One Bite at a Time

My city council has been offered an impossible choice: spend millions of dollars we don’t have repairing our historic water tower, or permanently destroy an iconic landmark and a piece of our history. But there is a third option.

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!