My very first post here at Strong Towns was on July 13th of 2011. Time flies. In this post, I dove into a project that was underway here in Minnesota. It’s finished now, and the results shouldn’t shock anyone reading Strong Towns. The question isn’t whether the $125 million was wasted, but how wasted it […]Read more "Wasted: Before and After 125 Million Dollars"
Before we start, I wanted to insert a shameless plug. I am starting a newsletter (via TinyLetter) that includes 2 short, smart, witty paragraphs each week, and 1 local Twin Cities recommendation. You can sign up here. “There’s no parking!” – Concerned Citizen I wish I had a bus ticket for every time I heard […]Read more "4 Easy Steps to Squash the “There’s No Parking” Complaint"
Check this out over at Strong Towns! We need to create an environment with flexibility. It’s crucial in making our cities better places. Someone painted “ALOHA” – the Hawaiian greeting – into a crosswalk at Lunalilo Home Road and Kalanipuu Street outside Honolulu. With a little paint, an unfriendly suburban stroad crosswalk became slightly more tolerable. But, […]Read more "Don’t be stupid. Be flexible."
You can read this at Strong Towns – In fact, it’s encouraged that you head over there and check it out! We shouldn’t build infrastructure for the sake of creating jobs. “Jobs and growth are the results of a productive system, not a proxy for one. Until we reconfigure our places, sustained prosperity will remain […]Read more "Strong Towns: Infrastructure for the sake of jobs?"
FYI: You can read this on Strong Towns! The word “Stroad” has officially made it into the Urban Dictionary. “Noun. Portmanteau of “street” and “road”: it describes a street, er, road, built for high speed, but with multiple access points. Excessive width is a common feature. A common feature in suburbia, especially along commercial strips. […]Read more "Do stroads cause more accidents?"
The following post was hammered out on the Strong Towns Network. Here’s an obvious one: Is It Time to Stop Building Convention Centers? Over the last 20 years, convention space in the United States has increased by 50 percent; since 2005, 44 new convention spaces have been planned or constructed in this country alone. That […]Read more "Here’s an obvious one: Is It Time to Stop Building Convention Centers?"