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?
Kea Wilson shares her five favorite Strong Towns-adjacent reads (and one favorite watch) of the year. From the short works of Jane Jacobs to a nonfiction epic about Americans who live out of their cars, and more!
A few weeks ago, Amazon announced major new operations in not one, but three locations: Queens, NYC; Crystal City, near Washington, DC; and Nashville. Our biggest question is not for Amazon but for the cities and states that offered them massive subsidy packages: Why?!
Big boxes arguably helped to kill the classic main street. Can they also bring it back?
We know how to make our streets so safe that no cyclist really needs a helmet. Should we all wear them anyway?
Forget Barbie. What does the Millennial Dream House look like?
More and more, New York City is becoming a ghost town where only the super rich can afford to live, and retail can’t afford to stay open. But is simple greed the reason why?