I’ve had to reconcile my foundational belief in markets with my experiences working with cities. This has been a painful process.
We’re thrilled to see ideas that have been important to Strong Towns for years reflected in the national conversation, from ending exclusive single-family zoning to the high returns on building walkable neighborhoods. Check out these stories and more, in our top 5 posts of the week.
You might think you want your government to be as streamlined as efficient as possible—until a hacker takes down your whole data network in one fell swoop.
Planting a tree, fixing a sidewalk or a street light, painting a crosswalk: these are some of the highest-returning investments we can make today. So why aren’t our cities oriented toward them? Two very different conversations featuring Strong Towns president Chuck Marohn explore this question.
Tax-exempt properties have a significant fiscal footprint. Do we understand the impacts we create through the too-often wasteful way we design and build public facilities such as city halls, schools, libraries, and parks?
Learn how Stronger Denton—a Denton-based, Strong Towns Local Conversation—took an incremental approach to invest in a park in downtown Denton.
Mixed-use, walkable neighborhoods have enduring appeal, are more financially productive than auto-oriented places… and we still don’t allow nearly enough of them to be built. A new study surveys the landscape of walkability in America’s large metropolitan regions.
A recent lawsuit challenged the practice of marking tires with chalk to enforce parking time limits, calling it an illegal search. Be careful what you wish for: our cities just might be forced to start making car owners pay for their use of public space.
America has an excessive infrastructure problem—and perhaps nowhere is that more clear than in places like the massive, center-less city of Palm Bay, Florida.
Once a month we host Ask Strong Towns, a members-only live Q&A webcast. Here’s the video and audio from this month’s.
A new study on the “perception gap” between America’s two major parties gives some hope that, at least at the local level, we can find ways to work together, despite our differences.
Strong Towns has been urging cities to end single-family zoning for ten years. But are cities listening?
Google wants to dedicate $1 billion to creating housing in the San Francisco Bay Area. This is a big enough number to make a real dent, but will it help tackle the systemic issues driving the region’s housing crisis?
We're just 104 days away from the publication of Strong Towns, A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity. And for those who pre-order a copy, we’ve got yet more exciting exclusive content to announce!
Micro-neighborliness (n.): the small, patient, and practical ways that we pivot toward our localities and the people that we share them with. While we do not always hear these stories, the tangible effect that these small acts can have on our places is reason enough to celebrate them.
Many cities impose a minimum lot size on residential neighborhoods—which can lead to more expensive housing and less tax revenue to pay for city services. But do these rules actually lead to bigger lots—or do they just reflect what the market would produce anyway? A new study sheds some light on that question.
Most neighborhoods face a stark choice between the trickle or the fire hose: either virtually no new development or investment, or cataclysmic change that leaves a place unrecognizable. We need to get out of this destructive dichotomy.
Scooters are often perceived as a nuisance on public streets. But nearly every problem blamed on them is ultimately a consequence of the way our cities are designed to privilege the movement and storage of cars above all else.
This Canadian city is set to get a new, $2 billion, state-of-the-art hospital. All well and good except for one thing: why do they want to build it in a rural area on the far outskirts of town?
The mentality of “easy to maintain” needs to be replaced with a question of whether something is “worth maintaining.”