When Should Local Governments Take on Debt?

When Should Local Governments Take on Debt?

When is it appropriate for a local government to take on debt? And other common questions we’ve answered for you—new this week in the Strong Towns Knowledge Base!

Eating Jell-O With Chopsticks

Eating Jell-O With Chopsticks

Trying to navigate opaque bureaucracies, just to get permission to build something that used to be legal everywhere, is like eating Jell-O with chopsticks: tedious and unsatisfying. No wonder people find pragmatic work-arounds instead.

We Used to Do This Everywhere

We Used to Do This Everywhere

We’ve destroyed so many traditional, human-scale neighborhoods in America that we tend to think of the ones that remain—like New Orleans’ famous French Quarter—as inherently exotic, the kind of place you love to visit but certainly wouldn’t live. Let’s stop treating timeless, great urban design like it’s only for tourists.

2,841 And Counting

2,841 And Counting

In the past week alone, we added more than 130 brand new names to our roster of Strong Citizens.

Let's Talk

Let's Talk

It’s the final day of the Spring member drive at Strong Towns. Give us a call and let’s chat about what it’ll take to get you on board.

Part of the Air You Breathe

Part of the Air You Breathe

Our goal is to inspire millions of advocates to shout from the rooftops that our approach to growth and development has to change, until Strong Towns ideas become as ubiquitous as the air you breathe. There’s a long way to go, but we see it working.

Strong Towns 101: Taking the Movement to School

Strong Towns 101: Taking the Movement to School

Community Builder Jacob Moses converses with Kevin Leier—a social studies teacher at Rugby High School in North Dakota—and a few of his students about their new community building class inspired by Strong Towns.

Jump-Starting Change in Your Community

Jump-Starting Change in Your Community

A Strong Towns speaking event is the perfect catalyst to take the hard work of local #StrongCitizen advocates to the next level. And this year, we’re doing more of them than ever before.

Changing the Conversation

Changing the Conversation

“Though many of our worst problems are big, they do not necessarily have big solutions. Many needed changes will have to be made in individual lives… and in local communities.” Wendell Berry wrote these words about reforming agriculture, but they apply to building Strong Towns as well.

I Love the Place I Live. I Fear for the Place I Live.

I Love the Place I Live. I Fear for the Place I Live.

I’m a member of the Strong Towns movement because I love the place I live, enough to want to change the destructive path it’s on. I know there are many thousands out there like me. Our movement needs you more than ever.

Changing America’s Business Model

Changing America’s Business Model

What the Strong Towns movement needs to do is change our cultural understanding about growth, development and the way we invest in our places.