Hint: even if you get a road for free, you still have to pay to maintain it.
The most successful companies iterate. Before they go “all-in” on a new product, they prototype, test, learn and adapt. If only there was a similar process cities could use before committing massive resources to something that may not work. Oh wait, there is! In defense of the much-maligned pilot project.
Hint: the Right isn’t any better.
Tech giant Square has announced that they’re moving to downtown St. Louis, sponsored by some big tax incentives—and they’re putting up the funds to demolishing derelict homes in the adjacent neighborhoods to boot. Is that really the only forward for the Gateway City?
In North America, stadium projects are almost synonymous with silver bullet disasters. But does that have to be true?
Vision Zero aims to end all traffic deaths. Can they do it on a national scale?
What if to build Strong Towns, we don’t just need to think outside of our partisan political boxes, but stop thinking of them as boxes at all?
Unpacking “smart cities” hype through a Strong Towns lens: when should we get excited about technological fixes to our cities’ problems? And when is sticking with a low-tech (but tried, tested, and resilient) approach more prudent?
A failed mall can feel like a monument to your community’s economic failure. A presidential hopeful has an idea to bring them back to life. But is it a good thing?
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?
Here are four ways that walking your dog—or a loaner pup from your local rescue group—can give you a unique insight into how your place can get a little more resilient.
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?
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?