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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Podcast Show 187: Mailbag : Chuck digs into the Strong Towns mailbag to answer some of the questions submitted by members....
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Aug 19
Is a street an asset? : Current accounting practices do not bear any relation to the future cash flow or the actual financial health of the city....
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Aug 18
Talking Cities : This video was recorded at CNU 22 in Buffalo....
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Aug 15
Friday News Digest : I am home from steamy Lafayette – which they claim was rather mild for August – and ready to report that the trip was a success....
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Aug 14
Podcast Show 186: Kristen Jeffers : This week Kristen Jeffers, the Black Urbanist, joins the podcast to share insights on her work, the city of Greensboro, investing in neighborhoods without leaving people behind and more. You can follo...
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Aug 13
The Tragedy of the Pedestrian : I suggest starting small. Pick up an orange flag and cross a street. That's how revolutions get started....
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Aug 12
People killin' it : The latest from Gracen Johnson's Another Place for Me....
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Aug 12
OpenMic: What is the #1 thing we can do to improve city life? : Today a question for you to weigh in on. What do you think is the most important thing we can do to improve city life?...
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Aug 11
#DOTHEMATH Lafayette : This week I’m on the road in Lafayette, Louisiana, with my good friend and frequent collaborator, Joe Minicozzi....
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Aug 8
Friday News Delay : Last night I was in the office until nearly 2AM recording two podcasts (trying to get ahead)....
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Aug 7
Podcast Show 185: Kevin Klinkenberg : This week Chuck talks with Kevin Klinkenberg about his upcoming book, Why I Walk: Taking a Step in the Right Direction....
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Aug 7
They relocate a business and call it growth : Thirty two new jobs (projected), a million dollars in direct subsidies and millions more in transportation funding later, we’ve managed to move two businesses from one Minnesota community to another....
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Aug 6
Mayor Mike McGinn at the National Gathering : The Strong Towns National Gathering just got even better with the announcement that former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn will be presenting the Saturday keynote. GET REGISTERED FOR THE STRONG TOWNS NATION...
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Aug 6
Marginal Cost of Transportation Again: Time or Tolls : On a recent podcast, recorded at CNU22, Chuck interviewed John Yung from the Cincinnati urbanism blog and podcast UrbanCincy....
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Aug 5
The Taco John's of Lower Macungie : Ron Beitler blogs from Lower Macungie, PA. He says it is a sprawling community of 30,000 people dealing with the typical "sprawly" problems of a community their size....
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Aug 5
Got Joe? :
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Aug 4
A normal life : When we mix high speed cars with stopping and turning traffic, it is only a matter of time until people get killed....
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Aug 1
Friday News Digest : Last weekend we had a really important Strong Towns retreat....
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Jul 31
Podcast Show 184: Federal Highway Trust Fund : This week Chuck does a solo podcast talking about the Federal Highway Trust Fund and the implications of its pending insolvency....
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Jul 31
Move over panel sessions... : Tweet of the week on the Strong Towns National Gathering. Move over panel sessions. Intrigued by the intelligent conversations format of the @StrongTowns National Gathering....
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Jul 31
What is really safe? : The Proposition 7 propaganda in Missouri mirrors that from other states where similar debates over transportation funding are taking place. One of the cheap and easy arguments is over safety....
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Jul 30
Agenda for the National Gathering : This will give everyone a sense of just how important this is going to be for shaping the Strong Towns movement....
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Jul 30
Civic Center Crosswalk in Fremont, CA : Tactical Urbanism Creating Opportunities from Challenges to better move and connect people and businesses so that communities can THRIVE! Level of service was a solution of the Feder...
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Jul 30
Come Build Strong Towns at the National Gathering : Fall is quickly approaching, and with it comes the first ever Strong Towns National Gathering....
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Jul 29
Ask Strong Towns, Question #9 : I live in a large Midwest city where the downtown is dominated by one-way arterials (usually 3-4 lane)....
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Jul 29
The Taco John's of Buffalo : As you can see, the older buildings have a value 212% higher per square foot than the new Walgreens....
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Jul 28
On liability : The next time someone mindlessly shouts “liability” as a way to defend the status quo, don’t argue. Call their bluff....
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Jul 25
Friday News Digest : This FND has gotten away from me.....so sorry....
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