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The Week Ahead

The Week Ahead

Chuck Marohn and Rachel Quednau review last week at CNU and share some reflections on Detroit. Plus they respond to some argumentative comments on a recent article.

A promise impossible to keep

A promise impossible to keep

What is going on in the doughnut of despair surrounding downtown Detroit is not a policy choice. It is a consequence of policy choice. There is no bringing back the illusion of wealth or, to paraphrase Tomas Sedlacek, Detroit can not get back its unsustainability.

Top Stories from the Week

Top Stories from the Week

Popular topics this week included narrow streets, pedestrian safety and Detroit, where the 24th Congress for the New Urbanism is currently taking place.

An interview with Janette Sadik-Khan

An interview with Janette Sadik-Khan

Janette Sadik-Khan discusses her experience as Commissioner of the New York City Department of Transportation, focusing on bottom-up action through smaller projects like plazas and bike access, instead of megaprojects that cost millions. 

Placemakers

Placemakers

Chuck Marohn interviews Hazel Borys, Principal at Placemakers, along with some Placemakers clients about their experience developing form-based codes, improving walkability and dealing with the challenges of making change in small towns.

Detroit: A Draft History

Detroit: A Draft History

A nuanced response to four key arguments about the fall of Detroit. Hint: There's more to it than white flight or the auto industry.

A Strong Towns Guide to CNU

A Strong Towns Guide to CNU

There's a lot going on at CNU this year. Here are the sessions we're most interested in, hosted by many friends of Strong Towns

We are All Detroit

We are All Detroit

What the final ailment for Detroit was simply doesn't matter to me. The auto-centric style of development undermined the resiliency of the city, tearing down social, political and financial strength that had made Detroit one of the world's greatest cities. Once Detroit became a fragile city, it was only a matter of time.

Detroit Through the Decades

Detroit Through the Decades

Strong Towns member and Detroit native, Andy Walker, talks about the changes in Detroit over the last several decades and his hopes for the city's future.

Where are the pioneers?

Where are the pioneers?

So many of our cities are waiting to be re-inhabited, to be improved back to their former glory. Is America capable of producing a new round of pioneers?

How to grow a local food movement

How to grow a local food movement

Detroit native, Devita Davison, helps local food entrepreneurs get their businesses off the ground, while charting a more equitable, prosperous future for her community.