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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Nov 26
Slightly off topic reflections.... : People are asking me to write about Ferguson and give my reaction to what is going on there. I've been at a loss for words and instead found lines from the Prayer of St....
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Nov 26
Driverless into the Unknown : This week, I attended a conference about open data and open government. For those unfamiliar with the concepts, here's how well I listened....
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Nov 25
America's "Neglected" Infrastructure : Once again, the Infrastructure Cult's narrative was picked up and magnified by the old media....
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Nov 24
Transportation Webinar Tomorrow : Chuck explaining how hierarchical road networks manufacture congestion during Transportation in the Next American City in Austin, Texas. This coming Tuesday, November 25 is our next St...
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Nov 24
Monday Member Blog Roll : Welcome to Monday and the recap of the past week of member content....
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Nov 24
Black Friday Parking 2014 Event : Join us this Friday for #blackfridayparking, a nationwide event to draw attention to the ridiculousness of minimum parking requirements. Minimum parking requirements are often justifi...
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Nov 21
Friday News Digest - Baby It's Cold Outside : TGIF AMIRIGHT?Chuck is on his way back from sunny Austin this morning, so I’ll be bringing you the FND....
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Nov 20
A simple approach from Suwanee : Click for a larger image. My friend Joe Minicozzi and I are working with the city of Lafayette to develop a real-time financial analysis tool that will allow public officials -- as wel...
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Nov 20
Podcast Show 196: Ben Hamilton-Baillie, Take 2 : Engineer and shared-space designer Ben Hamilton-Baillie returns to the podcast to talk about how to get started with building shared space, the chances of success in the United States and some memorie...
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Nov 19
End the interstate system? : Last week I shared on our social media feeds a story from The Week titled, It's time to abolish the Interstate Highway System, by Evan Jenkins....
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Nov 18
Ask Strong Towns, Question 11 : We invite our members to submit their questions on anything that they would like our thoughts on. We’ll give you a Strong Towns answer or find an expert who can....
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Nov 18
Putting math to work : Strong Towns member and Senior Planner at the city of Hutto, Texas, Erika Ragsdale (twitter / linkedin), needed to share some complex information on the productivity of different development patterns...
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Nov 17
Strong Towns Strength Test : People frequently ask if there is a way to measure a successful Strong Town....
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Nov 14
The week in review : This has been a really amazing week. What started out with my desire to share the stories of some of our members with you became one of the more enjoyable things I’ve been able to do this year....
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Nov 14
Member Profile: Hans Noeldner : This week is our membership drive. We are working to get 324 new members by the end of the year. This means that we need you to become a member....
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Nov 14
Member Profile: Mike Christensen : This week is our membership drive. We are working to get 324 new members by the end of the year. This means that we need you to become a member....
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Nov 14
Member Profile: Gracen Johnson : This week is our membership drive. We are working to get 324 new members by the end of the year. This means that we need you to become a member....
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Nov 13
Member Profile: Sara Joy Proppe : This week is our membership drive. We are working to get 324 new members by the end of the year. This means that we need you to become a member....
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Nov 13
The Death of Second-Ring Suburbs? : Before the post starts, I wanted to share a quick story ...It was 2010 and I was a clueless kid from Minnesota living in Australia. Somehow I stumbled across the Strong Towns podcast....
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Nov 12
Member Profile: Michael McGinn : This week is our membership drive. We are working to get 324 new members by the end of the year. This means that we need you to become a member....
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Nov 12
Member Profile: John Reuter : This week is our membership drive. We are working to get 324 new members by the end of the year. This means that we need you to become a member....
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Nov 11
Member Profile: Kerry Hayes : This week is our membership drive. We are working to get 324 new members by the end of the year. This means that we need you to become a member....
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Nov 11
Member Profile: Erika Ragsdale : This week is our membership drive. We are working to get 324 new members by the end of the year. This means that we need you to become a member....
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Nov 11
Member Profile: Jim Kumon : Become a Member Strong Towns Executive Director -- and member -- Jim Kumon reflects on the 18 months since he signed up, the National Gathering and what he sees in the future for the organization. Str...
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Nov 10
Member Profile: Andrew Burleson : Become a Member Strong Towns member and new board member Andrew Burleson from Raleigh, North Carolina, talks about why he is a member of Strong Towns and what he sees for the future of the organizatio...
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Nov 10
Monday Member Blog Roll : Become a Member Welcome back to the Monday Member Blog Roll!To kick things off, who’s ready for some football?  Or, more specifically, who’s ready for some public financing of an NFL stadium in order...
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Nov 10
The Strong Towns Movement : Every fall we do a fundraising week where we go PBS on you and divert from our regular programming to focus on sustaining the organization....
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Nov 7
Traditional Development is a Municipal Goldmine : My latest piece in The American Conservative....
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Nov 6
Comments and Responses : Last month the Minneapolis Star Tribune ran a profile of me and Strong Towns. Being the state paper of record, it was a pretty big deal around here....
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Nov 6
Podcast Show 195: Dave Runyon : This week the podcast features a conversation with Dave Runyon (twitter), Executive Director of City Unite and co-author of the book The Art of Neighboring: Building Genuine Relationships Right Ou...
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Nov 5
Biking is Empowerment : I shared a feel-good article on social media about how the leadership in Memphis – which I deeply admire – has worked through difficulty to make some high return investments in biking infrastructure....
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Nov 4
More on height limits : It’s always interesting what generates conversation....
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Nov 3
Monday Member Blog Roll : Hope you had a Happy Halloween, and welcome to November. It's National Blog Posting Month, so this is a good time to jump into the conversation with fellow Strong Townies (or is it Strong Towners?...
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Nov 3
A case for height restrictions : “I’ll tell you the problem with the scientific power that you are using here: it didn’t require any discipline to attain it. ” — Dr....
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