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.
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.
Popular topics this week included narrow streets, pedestrian safety and Detroit, where the 24th Congress for the New Urbanism is currently taking place.
R. John Anderson talks about the growth of the small-scale developer movement, recent bootcamps hosted by his organization, the Incremental Development Alliance, and the value of small-scale projects.
At 8:30pm ET we'll be live-streaming the NextGen Debate at CNU, hosted by Chuck Marohn.
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.
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.
We're recording the Strong Towns podcast live from CNU, plus a special live-streamed debate tonight.
"When people hear that there's another town with the same problems, you can just feel their sense of relief that they're not alone... and that Strong Towns can help."
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.
Join us today for live podcast recordings with Devita Davison, Seth Zeren, Hazel Borys and R. John Anderson.
We're hosting several events as part of CNU (you can find information about all of them here). Tonight's main event is our Member Meet-up.
Peggy and Tom Brennan recently renovated and opened two unique buildings in downtown Detroit: the Green Garage, a business incubator and coworking space, and El Moore, a residential apartment building and urban lodge.
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
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.
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.
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?
Detroit native, Devita Davison, helps local food entrepreneurs get their businesses off the ground, while charting a more equitable, prosperous future for her community.
Andres Duany is an American architect and urban planner, a co-founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), and the author of several books including Suburban Nation. In this interview, Chuck Marohn and Andres Duany discuss the founding and growth of the new urbanist movement, gentrification, and the future of the suburbs.
These podcasts from last year's CNU feature Strong Towns members and new urbanist celebs. Take a listen.