$3.2 Billion to Fix Tampa's Aging Pipes? From Where?

$3.2 Billion to Fix Tampa's Aging Pipes? From Where?

Tampa has an epidemic of leaking and bursting pipes. But don’t worry, the city’s taking action! …by proposing an eightfold increase in the amount it spends on maintenance for the next 20 years, half funded by new debt. How did we get to this point?

Do Property Tax Caps Help or Hurt Communities?

Do Property Tax Caps Help or Hurt Communities?

Property tax cap laws have been around for decades and are now on the books in 44 states — most recently in Texas. So why are we still surprised when they make our local communities more fragile and less resilient?

Life After Parking

Life After Parking

America is addicted to cars. But what if we weren’t? How could cities utilize the many acres of suddenly empty parking lots? City planner Alexander Dukes looks ahead to life after parking.

Strong Towns is Growing!

Strong Towns is Growing!

Exciting News! Three new staff members have recently joined our team, while another is moving to a new role.

Top 5 Recent Stories (August 19–August 23, 2019)

Top 5 Recent Stories (August 19–August 23, 2019)

There are lessons to be learned everywhere about building places that generate not only wealth but community. This week we shared some of those lessons from across the ocean, but also a couple that you don’t even have to step off your front porch to learn.

What's Wrong With This Picture?

What's Wrong With This Picture?

Commuter rail stations in the San Francisco Bay Area should be some of the most valuable land in the region (and by extension, the world). So why are there so many parking lots and one-story buildings right next to them?

Three Cheers for Lexington's ADU Ordinance

Three Cheers for Lexington's ADU Ordinance

Lexington, Kentucky recently proposed an ordinance that would allow accessory dwelling units. Nolan Gray explains how ADUs are good for renters, good for homeowners, and good for the city — and why Lexington’s ordinance is (almost) perfect.

Refuge and Prospect: The Front Porch

Refuge and Prospect: The Front Porch

The Poet Laureate of Mississippi reflects on her adopted South and on the Southern tradition of front porch-sitting: “No other architectural space is so deliciously not/and: not inside, not outside. Not public, not private. Not house, not garden.”

Celebrating the American Front Porch

Celebrating the American Front Porch

Once ubiquitous, then endangered, the American front porch is making a comeback. From rocking chairs to rock music, a conference near Oxford, Mississippi celebrates the past, present, and future of the surprisingly powerful front porch.