The Strong Towns approach is a radically new way of thinking about the way we build our world.
But where do you start?
Use the resources below to start getting to know the Strong Towns approach—no matter how much time you have.
If you only have three minutes…
Watch this short video that introduces the Curbside Chat. It’s the core Strong Towns presentation, and it’s a great primer in what we’re all about.
If you only have ten minutes…
Pick a couple of articles in our extended Curbside Chat series and dive in. It’s a great way to start going in-depth on our most important concepts.
If you want to read a structured series of articles…
Read our five-part series on The Growth Ponzi Scheme. It delves deep into how the concepts we explore in the Curbside Chat—and shows how our countries’ addiction to unproductive growth doesn’t stop when you go underground.
If you want to know how your town measures up…
…put it to the test! These ten questions will help you diagnose where your community is strongest—and where you may need to get to work.
If you want to read our best work…
Once you’ve gotten the lay of the land, it’s time to dive in. This is just a small sampling of the best of our best content from over ten years of publishing Strong Towns media—perfect for reading and sharing.
Why all these new storefronts are sitting vacant.
Local governments can’t take on more and more promises without generating enough wealth to meet those obligations—not without a reckoning. We need a radical revolution in how we plan, manage, and inhabit our cities, counties, and neighborhoods. We need a Strong Towns approach.
For a struggling city, negative perceptions from with the community can send it into a spiral of decline. It takes a major shift in perspective to get the city back on track.
Incremental approaches are often cheaper, faster, or have less risk than sudden approaches. Let’s explore different types of incrementalism.
The closing of the mall’s anchor store exposes how fragile the community’s business model is, providing an opening to shift approach.
What does it take to be a small-scale developer in a struggling part of town? To put your money where your mouth is and participate in incremental neighborhood revitalization? One of our staffers knows firsthand.
Automated vehicle technology will do nothing to make our streets better places to be.
"Developers in my city are only building luxury housing. They're not building anything that ordinary people can afford." If you’ve said this lately, or heard someone else say it, here are five possible reasons why.
As a cycling advocate, I avoid talking about the times when riding a bike in the city is scary, because I don’t want to deter would-be new riders from giving it a try. There’s only one problem with pretending I’m never afraid: it isn’t true.
The most important thing for a local government is to avoid ruin.
Like what you what you see? Keep going.
There’s a universe of Strong Towns ideas for your to explore, and a network of Strong Citizens eager to talk about how to make our approach real in your unique place.
We’d love to have you on board.