Welcome to Strong Towns
The Strong Towns approach is a fundamental rethinking of how we work together to build lasting wealth and prosperity within our communities. Learn more about our mission. Strong Towns began in 2008 as a blog by Charles Marohn. Today, it is a national media nonprofit publishing award-winning daily articles by dozens of contributors, hosting events across the continent and sharing weekly podcasts.
Strong Towns is making an impact all over the country. Read our Success Stories.
Let's Get Started
We invite you to explore our content, as well as participate in the Strong Towns conversation with hundreds of members and readers on our discussion forum. If you are someone who wants to start at the beginning, our archive goes back to those early ideas in 2008.
For everyone else, we've pulled out the most important posts below. Scroll through to get a feel for what we are about:
Most American cities experience a modest, short term illusion of wealth in exchange for enormous, long term liabilities. We deprive our communities of prosperity, overload our families with debt and become trapped in a spiral of decline.
This classic Strong Towns video explains what's wrong with the engineering profession.
We need to stop accommodating bikers and pedestrians within an auto-dominated environment and instead do the opposite: accommodates automobiles in an environment dominated by people.
In this hard hitting four-part series, Chuck examines our dangerously designed roads which cause thousands of deaths every year. The series focuses, in particular, on the deaths of children along dangerous road corridors.
This year we've put resources towards producing a series of videos that share snippets of the Curbside Chat message. Short, shareable videos of key parts of this message topped our request list a year ago. We're provided four thus far. This week -- our last week of the year before we take a break -- we release two more; one on Thursday and the other on Friday.
There are a handful of ways engineers deflect criticism. Here are five that we’ve heard time and time again.
Last week I received notice that a complaint had been filed against my professional engineering license. The complaint indicated that I had engaged in “misconduct on the website/blog Strong Towns” for things I have written critical of the engineering profession.
While new transportation funding is needed, more money without significant reform is worse than no funding at all. We need to continue to oppose all of these funding efforts until serious reform is on the table.
This one’s on you, engineering profession. Society is done tolerating this level of indifference, incompetence and incoherence. What are you going to do?
We can’t over-simplify the dynamics of all that has happened in Ferguson, but it’s obvious that our platform for building places is creating dynamics primed for social upheaval. The auto-oriented development pattern is a huge financial experiment with massive social, cultural and political ramifications.
The most brilliant innovations in building cities, however, won't come from the current generation of politicians, professionals and advocates. That brilliance is already embodied in the traditional development pattern, a fool proof approach to building places that was developed the hard way.
In the United States we've proceeded for sixty years with reconfiguring our public spaces to accommodate the automobile. Today we need the humility to acknowledge that our ancestors -- who built in the traditional style -- may have known what they were doing after all
Watch our Founder in Action
Not only do small downtown shops provide a higher rate of tax revenue than big box stores; they're also a much lower risk investment for the community.
Adding a second story builds community wealth without adding any expense. It's the sure way to real prosperity.
Different approaches to building produce very different financial results that can be easily measured and contrasted.
A basic look at financial productivity applied to the Iron Range community of Grand Rapids.
Thanks for being here. If you're enthused about the Strong Towns message, we have many ways for you to be a part of this movement: