For decades, many city leaders have thought the only way to end blight was to tear down the eyesores and start fresh. Mobile, Alabama had another idea.
Every time it seems like our housing crisis is going to bring everything crashing down, banks inject a dose of antigravity. How long can it go on?
If the city fixes the street outside of your home and increases the value of your real estate, you should have to pay the city back some of that windfall…right?
Liberals and conservatives have fundamentally different ways of looking at the world. So why do so many of them agree that we need more infrastructure spending—even if it might make our town weaker?
Could it make sense to put the onus on pedestrians to ensure their own safety—in Honolulu’s case, by considering making it illegal to cross the street outside of a crosswalk after dark? Maybe, but only if we had a system that actually gave people on foot equal opportunity to get around safely and conveniently. We don’t.
A recent New York Times op ed despaired that economic trends have passed rural America by. So isn’t it time for some new economic trends?
App developers are promising that any citizen with a smart phone can take part in planning their city like never before. But is there more to community engagement than what you can fit within the borders of a screen?
Last week, we announced the biggest news in the Strong Towns universe in a long time: our founder wrote a book. This week, we’re taking you behind the scenes.
Some cities just can’t seem to get on top of clearing snow out of the streets—even if it snows every. single. year. Why?
If electric vehicles become the norm, our fuel tax-funded infrastructure might suffer. What should cities do?
Slowing down drivers can save pedestrian lives. But is a little widget in your car the best way to do it?
You probably use Zillow to shop fantasy mansions in cities you could never afford. But would you sell them your house?
Your daily commute sucks. Is it also making you go broke?
Building an accessory apartment is one of the gentlest ways you can increase the housing stock in your town. But does that mean that states should be the ones making the rules about how you can do it—even if those rules are permissive?
If your city is struggling to pay the bills, could joining forces with the rich county next door be the answer?
Incremental development doesn’t mean slow development. Here’s how big places that need housing fast can get there using the Strong Towns approach.
Almost every suburban house has one. But is the home garage an American institution or a national disgrace?
New Jersey has been using a “cap and trade” model to let single family neighborhoods buy their way out of growth for decades. Should your city follow suit?
The dollar store might seem like a smaller, friendlier alternative to the big box. But its proliferation tells us something powerful about the way we build our towns.
Tulsa, OK is the latest city to offer remote workers some tempting incentives if they’ll move there for only a year. Is this a smarter approach to economic development, or do our cities need to #dothemath?