Andy Diaz—founder at Urban Acres in Peoria, Illinois—shares how you can use local food to build community in your own neighborhood, including how to find the right investment for your neighborhood, how to grow your efforts incrementally, and why cities like Peoria and beyond need more $1,000 heroes (not $1 million heroes).
Planting a tree, fixing a sidewalk or a street light, painting a crosswalk: these are some of the highest-returning investments we can make today. So why aren’t our cities oriented toward them? Two very different conversations featuring Strong Towns president Chuck Marohn explore this question.
Learn how Stronger Denton—a Denton-based, Strong Towns Local Conversation—took an incremental approach to invest in a park in downtown Denton.
The latest issue of the National Association of Realtors biannual magazine, On Common Ground, is devoted to the financial implications of growth and land-use decisions. And Strong Towns thinking features front and center.
Our goal is to inspire millions of advocates to shout from the rooftops that our approach to growth and development has to change, until Strong Towns ideas become as ubiquitous as the air you breathe. There’s a long way to go, but we see it working.
Community Builder Jacob Moses converses with Kevin Leier—a social studies teacher at Rugby High School in North Dakota—and a few of his students about their new community building class inspired by Strong Towns.
The first step toward making your community a stronger place is articulating what’s wrong with the status quo. Strong Towns gives local advocates the vocabulary to do this—just ask member Michael Smith of Rockford, IL.
Learn how one Texas-based Strong Towns member used the Strong Towns message to ask city council candidates the hard questions that—when we grapple with them—lead to stronger cities and towns.
Learn how Strong Towns members across the nation can grow the Strong Towns network through Local Conversations, from three organizers who have walked the walk.
There’s nothing like taking to the streets on foot to understand the place you live a bit better. In this spirit, the work of Strong Towns helped inform a program of “walking audits” at a Florida university that teaches students to recognize how urban design affects both the financial and ecological sustainability of our cities.
And the 4th annual Strongest Town title goes to….
It’s one thing to talk about the benefits of calmer, narrower streets. It’s another thing to be on the front lines of convincing your community to accept a road diet. One Strong Towns member tells the story of how he picked this battle in his town… and won.
Sandpoint, Idaho eliminated its downtown parking minimums 10 years ago. Since then, at least four projects that could not otherwise have happened have brought new vibrancy and economic productivity to downtown.
Sacramento’s vice mayor gave Strong Towns founder Charles Marohn a shout-out in announcing the city’s new transit-oriented development rules. Our message is making a difference in the world.
Minneapolis just became the first major U.S. city to embrace a key Strong Towns principle: every neighborhood should be allowed to evolve to the next increment of development.
Our members are out there turning good ideas into reality in their own communities. They’re doing it by connecting with fellow strong citizens—and we want to help you do the same.
Sometimes the smallest things we can do for our towns deliver the biggest return on investment. And the best part: you don’t even have to wait to get started.
Our Gathering Coordinator Ivy Vann recaps #StrongTownsNTX, the North Texas Regional Gathering. We brought together aspiring change-makers and seasoned experts from all over Texas and beyond, and helped them connect with each other and learn how to make their own communities stronger.
A nonprofit placemaking organization is bringing events, parks, public art and more to downtown Fort Smith, Arkansas, one playful experiment at a time.
The core neighborhoods of our big cities and our small towns have more in common than we might think.