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?
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!
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.
Does development in a struggling part of town mean displacing the people who already live there? Derek Avery doesn’t think so—and he’s walking his talk as an incremental developer who works hard to lift up the communities he works in. And here, he answers your questions.
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.
Come on, Chuck, just give it up already and tell us what works. If it were only that easy.
In the past week alone, we added more than 130 brand new names to our roster of Strong Citizens.
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.
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.
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.
The first step toward making your community a stronger place is articulating what’s wrong with the status quo. Strong Towns gives local advocates the vocabulary to do this—just ask member Michael Smith of Rockford, IL.
Learn how one Texas-based Strong Towns member used the Strong Towns message to ask city council candidates the hard questions that—when we grapple with them—lead to stronger cities and towns.
Learn how Strong Towns members across the nation can grow the Strong Towns network through Local Conversations, from three organizers who have walked the walk.
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.
“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’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.
What the Strong Towns movement needs to do is change our cultural understanding about growth, development and the way we invest in our places.
…and get your questions answered.
Last call before things get really crazy.
See what’s new in the Strong Towns Knowledge Base this week, including an answer to a question we receive a lot—what should a strong town consider its indispensable core services? The answer might surprise you.