Why Grocery Co-ops Build Strong Towns and How to Start Your Own

Why Grocery Co-ops Build Strong Towns and How to Start Your Own

Jacqueline Hannah—assistant director at the Food Co-op Initiative—shares how you can start a neighborhood grocery co-op in your town, including how to pitch the vision to community members and elected officials, how to translate your enthusiasm into action, and how the Food Co-op initiative can help through every step of the process.

Can We Afford a Better Alternative to Suburbia?

Can We Afford a Better Alternative to Suburbia?

Forward-thinking developers are building communities that take into account the hidden long-term costs of suburban development, and offer a more resilient alternative. But what if that alternative results in homes that are too expensive to be within reach of most Americans? And does it have to?

Who Benefits From Lower Housing Prices?

Who Benefits From Lower Housing Prices?

It’s hard to have a coherent conversation on affordable housing when most of those involved in the discussion directly benefit from — and in some ways depend on — higher housing prices.

Doing the Math on Housing the Homeless

Doing the Math on Housing the Homeless

What would it actually cost to put a roof over the head of every person experiencing chronic homelessness? Some number crunching suggests not as much as you think, and an amount we could afford—especially given what it already costs not to.

Strongest Town Contest: Championship Round

Strongest Town Contest: Championship Round

Pensacola, FL and Portsmouth, NH are our final two contestants for the title of 2019’s Strongest Town! Check out the live webcast audio and video, and then cast your vote!

Routine Traffic Stops Should Not Be Used to Fight Violent Crime

Routine Traffic Stops Should Not Be Used to Fight Violent Crime

Using routine traffic stops as a pretext to root out other types of crime is as disingenuous as it is unhelpful. We need to design intuitively safe streets—and then use traffic enforcement for the minority of drivers who are actually driving recklessly.

Top 5 Stories from the Week (April 1–April 5, 2019)

Top 5 Stories from the Week (April 1–April 5, 2019)

This week we held the semifinal round of our #StrongestTown contest. But we also brought you some fresh new content about cities from huge to tiny getting a bit stronger. Read about NYC’s new congestion pricing plan, Syracuse’s hope of undoing a costly past mistake, and how tiny Elkin, NC is being revived by its own residents, $100 at a time.

Announcing the Strongest Town Contest Finalists

Announcing the Strongest Town Contest Finalists

The votes are tallied, and it’s official: Pensacola, FL and Portsmouth, NH will vie for the title of Strongest Town! Tune in Monday at 12 noon CDT for a free live webcast with representatives of both towns, and then cast your vote!

Ask Us Anything in a Live, Members-Only Webcast

Ask Us Anything in a Live, Members-Only Webcast

Every other month we host a live webcast where Strong Towns members can ask their questions of our President Chuck Marohn and Communications Director Kea Wilson. Members: Don’t miss Ask Strong Towns on April 18th!

Housing Markets Should Be More Like Supermarkets

Housing Markets Should Be More Like Supermarkets

In many areas of modern life, the market provides a cornucopia of choices to accommodate people’s diverse needs, wants, and tastes: just visit a supermarket to see this. When it comes to housing options, though, the reality is starkly different.

How One Rural Resident Got Neighbors to "Buy In" Towards a Stronger Town

How One Rural Resident Got Neighbors to "Buy In" Towards a Stronger Town

Jeff Eidson—founder of Explore Elkin—shares story behind the idea Explore Elkin and how listeners can successfully create similar groups in their own cities and towns, including how to find and pitch a shared vision to residents, how to motivate residents stuck in a psychology of decline towards their city or town, and how to use the funds generated towards small bets.

A Divided Syracuse: The Future of an Urban Highway

A Divided Syracuse: The Future of an Urban Highway

New York state transportation authorities have the opportunity to correct a historic mistake in Syracuse, by removing an obsolete freeway that tore the city in half decades ago. Will they do the right thing?

Top 5 Stories from the Week (Mar 25–Mar 29, 2019)

Top 5 Stories from the Week (Mar 25–Mar 29, 2019)

The #StrongestTown contest marches on! Find out who made the final four, and catch up on our best content you may have missed this week, including a look at the history of the humble fourplex, the power and potential of a local music scene, and a new report on what’s broken in state DOTs and how to fix it.