[I’m a little bit in love with Strong Towns, a movement that is deeply systemic and deeply humanistic about the places we live (well, in the USA…). Check it out]
About Strong Towns
Learn about our history, our goals and how to get involved.
WHAT IS STRONG TOWNS?
Strong Towns is a media organization leading a national movement for change. We’re challenging every American to fundamentally rethink how our cities are built, and we’re shining a spotlight on an approach that will make us truly prosperous.
Curious? Learn more about what we do, our history and how to get involved in the tabs below.
WHAT WE DO
Why are so many cities and towns across North America going broke?Our roads are deteriorating. Our governments are in debt. No matter how much we increase them, our taxes aren’t enough to fix it all. And no one seems to be able to agree on how we got here — much less how to change the course. This isn’t just about numbers on a budget; it’s about the fate of the communities we love most and the real people in them.
At Strong Towns, our mission is to help cities, towns and neighborhoods become financially strong and resilient. And we’ve thought long and hard about the best way to do that. We firmly believe the most enduring changes are incremental and data-responsive, and can only happen from the bottom up — through the work of strong citizenslike you. What that means is, we won’t be handing you a blueprint.
Strong Towns will never produce a street design guide for engineers. We won’t tell you an ideal population density per acre. And we aren’t available for consultancy requests; we’re a nonprofit that’s doing something bigger than just helping one town or one county. Easy, one-size-fits-all solutions from the top down are what got American towns into the mess they’re in; we want to bring you something better.
Instead, it’s Strong Towns’ goal to give you a process that can adapt to your community’s unique needs and change as your town grows stronger. We aim to inspire readers to ask a different set of questions about the way their towns are built, and to encourage you to demand a better approach in the places you love.
We publish daily written content, weekly podcasts, and interactive webcasts to keep you asking the hard questions, and show you some outstanding examples of people who have gotten it right. We bring live, community-specific events to towns across North America. And we foster an online community where Strong Towns members can organize, share resources, and keep inspiring one another to do more.
(Top photo by Joshuay04)