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How is Apartment Renovation Like Beekeeping?

How is Apartment Renovation Like Beekeeping?

Bringing a neighborhood back from the brink of ruin, one building at a time, is hard, thankless work—like raising bees when you could just go buy a jar of honey. But when it works, each successful project helps “pollinate” the surrounding area with the seeds of revival, in a virtuous cycle.

Why Would a Town Ban Duplexes in Its Core Neighborhoods?

Why Would a Town Ban Duplexes in Its Core Neighborhoods?

Denton, Texas seemed to be on the verge of an important step toward financial resilience: allowing its core neighborhoods to incrementally evolve and provide much-needed new housing. Now, is the city on the verge of moving in the wrong direction instead?

How Does Your (Economic) Garden Grow?

How Does Your (Economic) Garden Grow?

We conclude our podcast greatest-hits series by revisiting a 2013 conversation with Chris Gibbons, the originator of Economic Gardening. Helping home-grown companies expand—rather than importing jobs from elsewhere—Economic Gardening is the essence of a Strong Towns approach to economic development.

Strong Towns and Race

Strong Towns and Race

We have a lot of work ahead at Strong Towns to meaningfully engage people of color and to grow the racial diversity of our movement. We’re committed to doing that work.

Why Grocery Co-ops Build Strong Towns and How to Start Your Own

Why Grocery Co-ops Build Strong Towns and How to Start Your Own

Jacqueline Hannah—assistant director at the Food Co-op Initiative—shares how you can start a neighborhood grocery co-op in your town, including how to pitch the vision to community members and elected officials, how to translate your enthusiasm into action, and how the Food Co-op initiative can help through every step of the process.

Can We Afford a Better Alternative to Suburbia?

Can We Afford a Better Alternative to Suburbia?

Forward-thinking developers are building communities that take into account the hidden long-term costs of suburban development, and offer a more resilient alternative. But what if that alternative results in homes that are too expensive to be within reach of most Americans? And does it have to?

Who Benefits From Lower Housing Prices?

Who Benefits From Lower Housing Prices?

It’s hard to have a coherent conversation on affordable housing when most of those involved in the discussion directly benefit from — and in some ways depend on — higher housing prices.

Doing the Math on Housing the Homeless

Doing the Math on Housing the Homeless

What would it actually cost to put a roof over the head of every person experiencing chronic homelessness? Some number crunching suggests not as much as you think, and an amount we could afford—especially given what it already costs not to.

Routine Traffic Stops Should Not Be Used to Fight Violent Crime

Routine Traffic Stops Should Not Be Used to Fight Violent Crime

Using routine traffic stops as a pretext to root out other types of crime is as disingenuous as it is unhelpful. We need to design intuitively safe streets—and then use traffic enforcement for the minority of drivers who are actually driving recklessly.