Strong Towns

The mission of Strong Towns is to support a model for growth that allows America's towns to become financially strong and self-sufficient.

The American approach to growth is causing economic stagnation and decline along with land use practices that force a dependency on public subsidies. The inefficiencies of the current approach have left American towns financially insolvent, unable to pay even the maintenance costs of their basic infrastructure. A new approach that accounts for the full cost of growth is needed to make our towns strong again.

The Strong Towns approach ultimately requires a reorientation of emphasis and a renewed understanding of what it takes to build a town or a neighborhood.

The current approach to growth emphasizes investments in new infrastructure to serve or induce new development. This approach uses public dollars inefficiently, destructively subsidizes one type of development over another and leaves massive maintenance liabilities to future generations. A Strong Town approach emphasizes obtaining a higher return on existing infrastructure investments. We can no longer simply disregard old investments in favor of new, but instead we need to focus on making better use of that which we are already committed to publicly maintain.

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When Cities Are Only Getting Younger : Fans of the Better Block guys will be familiar with the term 8-80, which is sometimes used to measure the health of street life....
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Oct 21
America Answers : Today I'm participating in the America Answers forum put on by the Washington Post....
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Oct 20
Monday Member Blog Roll : Welcome to the first edition of the Monday Member Blog Roll [Monday Member Digest?...
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Oct 17
Washington DC on Monday : On Monday I'm going to be heading to our nation's capital to take part in a forum being put on by the Washington Post. We're also planning a Strong Towns on Tap get together....
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Oct 16
The Conservative Case Against the Suburbs : My latest piece in The American Conservative...In his recent column, “Why Suburbia Irks Some Conservatives,” the prominent urban geographer Joel Kotkin creates and then slays a number of straw men in...
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Oct 16
Why Strong Towns is important : The Minneapolis Star Tribune just ran a great piece on Strong Towns’ President Chuck Marohn in which it gives the obligatory ‘creation myth’ of the Strong Towns movement through Chuck’s personal story...
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Oct 16
Mission: 400 Members + Delaware : Today, October 16, is the one year anniversary of the Strong Towns Membership program....
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Oct 15
Strong Citizens Challenge: Host a "pop-up" neighborhood happy hour : The first Strong Citizens Challenge, Walk to Get Your Groceries, has been going strong for the past couple weeks....
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Oct 15
Places and Non-Places : At the Strong Towns National Gathering I gave a rapid 8 minute presentation on walkability and the scale of the environment, and as part of my talk I briefly covered the concept of Places and Non-Plac...
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Oct 14
On walking to the grocery store... : Our first Strong Citizens Challenge, to Walk to Get Your Groceries, has been running for a few weeks now. If you haven't tried it yet, we hope you'll take a look....
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Oct 13
Traveling to Tulsa : After 24 hours back in Brainerd, I'm now headed to Tulsa, Oklahoma, to speak at the Tulsa Sidewalk Summit. A very exciting conversation emerging there....
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Oct 10
Asset Forfeiture : I had a great time in St. Louis this week....
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Oct 9
Podcast Show 193: Strong Towns Talking Transit : This year at Railvolution in Minneapolis, Strong Towns set up an off-site panel to discuss transit issues from a Strong Towns perspective....
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Oct 8
Growth guru spreads word : The Minneapolis Star Tribune is the paper of record in my home state of Minnesota. Today I'm humbled and honored to have my work with Strong Towns highlighted in a feature by Jenna Ross....
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Oct 7
How to #CitiBikeLikeALocal in New York City : Utilizing existing bike share station maps, urban advocacy group ANALOGUE_interactive aims to make New York City even more walkable. On October 1st, I alon...
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Oct 6
A World Class Transportation System : Available tomorrow, the latest Kindle ebook from Charles Marohn. A World Class Transportation System: Transport...
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Oct 3
Relationship with The American Conservative : I have accepted an invitation to post some of my material over at The American Conservative, a publication/website that I read frequently and enjoy....
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Oct 3
Star Tribune Cookie Contest : The Minneapolis Star Tribune is conducting a cookie contest that is actually, at least at this point, more of a writing contest....
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Oct 2
Podcast Show 191: National Gathering : Strong Towns board members Andrew Burleson and John Reuter reflect on the National Gathering with Jim Kumon while taking in the Minneapolis Open Streets event. Strong Towns Podcast - National Gatherin...
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Oct 1
National Gathering: Hans Noeldner : For those of you looking for some inspiration on the first Strong Citizen Challenge, here's Hans Noeldner from the National Gathering....
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Oct 1
Announcement: Board of Directors : Starting a non-profit back in 2009 meant assembling a board of directors. The first Strong Towns board was myself, Jon Commers and a colleague of mine, Ben Oleson....
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Sep 30
Subsidiarity : The concept of subsidiarity can be a loaded one, but I thought this video was so good that I needed to share it....
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Sep 30
Strong Citizens Challenge: Walk to the Grocery Store : At the national gathering we talked about the potential for undertaking personal “Strong Citizen” challenges as a way of growing our own ideas and spreading the movement.There were many differ...
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Sep 29
Waiting for a solution : We are in uncharted waters with more questions than answers....
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Sep 26
Friday News Digest : Travel season is back in full swing here, the long summer months of thinking, writing and spending time with family now replaced by airline queues, hotel rooms and road trips....
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Sep 25
Podcast Show 191: Jim Kunstler : Our friend Jim Kunstler joins the podcast this week to talk about his latest book, A History of the Future, the latest in his World Made by Hand series. You can get a copy of the boo...
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Sep 24
A few of my best friends : Taken at the National Gathering....
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