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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Who is Joe Minicozzi? : He can dazzle you, your boss, and your local governing board with his numbers. His tax analysis of comparing compact downtowns to urban sprawl is really awesome....
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Substitutes for Stucco : Try to imagine an entire faux main street/lifestyle center in which the store fronts jump up and down and in and out. Now imagine that every third store employs this veneer. ......
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Sheer Lunacy : Last Thursday I received this tweet out of the blue. I assume that this comes in response to our series on a World Class Transpotation System (soon to be reformatted, edited and re-released as an eboo...
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Aug 29
Friday News Digest : This, my friends, is the last Friday of summer. At least it is for our family....
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Aug 28
Dangerously Uninformed : I’ve often wondered about the actuarial approach used by auto insurance companies, but I’ve never had the data or specific insight to really question it....
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Aug 28
Podcast Show 188: Talking Cities : This episode was recorded at CNU 22 in Buffalo....
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Aug 27
On Traffic Engineers and Design Standards : The following was posted on Facebook this week by our friend, John Anderson....
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Aug 27
Plain old nice. The anti-claim to fame. : What is your hometown famous for?...
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Aug 26
OpenMic: What is a Strong Towns approach to transit? : At the National Gathering, we are planning a Burning Topics Forum where attendees will delve deeply into areas of thought and advocacy that don’t have a well-development set of Strong Towns principles...
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Aug 25
Member News Digest : One of the ways our members advocate for building strong towns is through their own blogging. Here’s some recent highlights from our Member Blog Roll....
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Aug 25
Stroad Nation : We can’t over-simplify the dynamics of all that has happened in Ferguson, but it’s obvious that our platform for building places is creating dynamics primed for social upheaval....
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Aug 22
Three Weeks to the Minute... : ...until the kickoff of the Strong Towns National Gathering on Friday, September 12 at 1 PM.  We're really excited to see so many of you together in one group for the first time! The Friday News D...
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Aug 21
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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