How Better Design Can Help Solve Parking Problems

How Better Design Can Help Solve Parking Problems

Giving valuable space in cities over to cars isn’t great for building walkable or productive places. But for now at least, our urban neighborhoods need some parking. This an area where thoughtful design can help us solve multiple problems at once.

Strong Towns Featured on Current Affairs Podcast

Strong Towns Featured on Current Affairs Podcast

The Strong Towns vision is a bottom-up revolution, one in which we rediscover the power of thinking small and acting locally. And the power of this vision transcends partisan politics as usual.

Top 5 Recent Stories (July 29–August 2, 2019)

Top 5 Recent Stories (July 29–August 2, 2019)

A small town with pipe dreams of explosive growth… but also some failing pipes. A desert city that’s built twice the road system it can actually afford to maintain. This and more in our top stories of the week.

Car-Free in L.A.? Don't Laugh.

Car-Free in L.A.? Don't Laugh.

Los Angeles, where the car is famously king, may have one of the best shots of any American city of becoming a car-optional place at scale—not just in a few trendy neighborhoods lucky enough to have good transit. Here’s why.

How Nonprofits Can Start With Design to Build Strong Communities

How Nonprofits Can Start With Design to Build Strong Communities

Thor Erickson—a longtime leader in the neighborhood and civic nonprofit sector—shares how you can use nonprofits to build strong neighborhoods in your own community, including how to bring your unique perspective to neighborhood investment, how to partner with your local government, and how to get your community behind your mission.


How Urban Change is Like Ecological Succession

How Urban Change is Like Ecological Succession

Cities evolve like ecological systems—a neighborhood, like a forest, has a life cycle. The fundamental question of planning needs to shift from “Should our neighborhoods change?” to “How should our neighborhoods change?”

A Small City with Big Delusions

A Small City with Big Delusions

Pine Island, MN (population 3,000) has huge dreams, yet they can’t take care of their basic systems. Who pays the price?

What Happens When Housing Becomes a Cash Crop?

What Happens When Housing Becomes a Cash Crop?

Giorgio Angelini’s documentary Owned chronicles the commoditization of homeownership in the U.S. and its fallout—both for those who were left out, and for those who were sold promises that we’re now struggling to fulfill.

Overpaving Roads and Overeating Ice Cream

Overpaving Roads and Overeating Ice Cream

How much road does your city have—and how much does it actually have the money to maintain? We compare “calories in” to “calories out” before we binge on ice cream; what if we took the same approach to our infrastructure budgets? One city did, and here’s what they found out.

Top 5 Recent Stories (July 22–July 26, 2019)

Top 5 Recent Stories (July 22–July 26, 2019)

Why does modern architecture so often lack human-scale or comforting qualities—and what did World War I have to do with it? What would a real free market in urban development look like? Why are California cities’ latest efforts to produce more housing backfiring? This and more in our top stories of the past week.