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?
There’s nothing like taking to the streets on foot to understand the place you live a bit better. In this spirit, the work of Strong Towns helped inform a program of “walking audits” at a Florida university that teaches students to recognize how urban design affects both the financial and ecological sustainability of our cities.
Equipped with “grit and grind”—but also with a whole lot of good data on the financial consequences of past development decisions—Memphis, Tennessee is taking smart steps toward a bottom-up renaissance. Just ask its Chief Operating Officer, Doug McGowen.
Strong Towns is inspiring a movement for change.
Every day, we see our members taking action in their communities based on ideas and strategies they've learned from Strong Towns. Here are some of the actions we've inspired:
A tour of 6 successful towns helped one Strong Towns member to better understand what makes a community resilient. His journey offers lessons for all of us.
Strong Towns member and Chief of Police for Cleburne, TX, Robert Severance shares his perspective.
On the Eastside of Olympia, WA, one Strong Towns member has helped to lead a series of neighborhood events in response to crime concerns.
And they’re getting noticed for it.
Strong Towns is leading a national conversation.
Strong Towns ideas and leaders are frequently featured in local and national media. Here are some recent features:
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.
The latest issue of the National Association of Realtors biannual magazine, On Common Ground, is devoted to the financial implications of growth and land-use decisions. And Strong Towns thinking features front and center.
More than ever of what we make is produced with little thought to its durability. But what happens when we apply this mindset to the very communities we live in?
Strong Towns president, Chuck Marohn, shares his perspective on this episode of The Outspoken Cyclist radio show.
Strong Towns is getting recognized.
The Strong Towns message is taking hold and getting noticed around the world. Here's what people are saying about the Strong Towns movement:
One Strong Towns member on why he’s part of the movement.
Here's what two people who attended a recent Strong Towns event had to say about our message and its impact.
Whether you're a planner, a neighborhood advocate or an elected official, Strong Towns offers something for everyone.
Some thoughts on being named one of the 100 Most Influential Urbanists.
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