Rachel Quednau, Strong Towns

Rachel Quednau

Strong Towns

Milwaukee, WI, United States

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Past articles by Rachel:

How to Pick Your Next Bike Lane Battle

To move the needle of biking access, we have to thoughtful advocates. This guide will help you become one. → Read More

Put Yourself and Your Community on the Map

The Strong Towns movement is growing across the globe. Are you ready to join this movement and put your dot on the map, too? → Read More

How to Build a More Resilient Local Food System

A resilient local food system is an essential component for a financially strong town or city. Basic needs should be procured from nearby. → Read More

Thinking Big about Building Small —

Solving the housing crisis requires bringing back “missing-middle” housing. The planner who coined the term “missing-middle” explains how. → Read More

Don't Leave Your Community's Challenges to the Professionals —

When we let leaders make all the decisions behind closed doors, we not only risk a bad outcome—we also miss a chance to learn more about our neighbors’ needs and concerns. → Read More

This Texas Town Is Growing Stronger By Thinking *Inside* the Box

This a robust effort to make San Elizario more resilient and self-sufficient, growing their own food rather than relying only on outside sources. → Read More

Is the Coronavirus "Fuel for Urbanist Fantasies"?

Earlier in May, Strong Towns staff read a compelling and challenging article on Curbed called “Coronavirus is not fuel for urbanist fantasies.” We decided to discuss it (in writing), as well... → Read More

3 Urban Planning Lessons from the New Mister Rogers Movie —

One of the most delightful aspects of Won’t You Be My Neighbor? was getting to learn about how Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood evolved throughout the life of the show. Characters gained new identities, the set was adjusted, and present-day issues were addressed as the need arose. At the same time, the core identity and shape of the program remained the same. Its mission was to reach children with a… → Read More

What’s the role of the police department in building strong towns? —

Strong Towns member and Chief of Police for Cleburne, TX, Robert Severance shares his perspective. → Read More

Temporary Bus Lane Makes Permanent Impact on Commuting —

A temporary experiment catalyzed a lasting improvement to transportation in Boston. → Read More

2 Reasons Why the American Approach to Congestion is Totally Wrong —

Congestion isn’t a problem and road expansion isn’t a solution. → Read More

Want a city that works for people of all ages? Take these 3 steps. —

These steps will make it a whole lot easier for people to age in place. → Read More

3 Lessons in People-Centered Transportation from the First U.S. City to Completely Eliminate Parking Minimums —

Hartford got rid of parking minimums. So can your city. → Read More

The Psychology of Decline

For a struggling city, negative perceptions from with the community can send it into a spiral of decline. It takes a major shift in perspective to get the city back on track. → Read More

Just when you thought the end of malls couldn't get any worse... —

The problems created by the style of development just keep piling on. → Read More

End Parking Minimums —

Waste of money. Waste of space. → Read More

Letting Go and Slowing Down – Why Today’s Mothers Need Support and Community More Than Ever —

Writer and mother, Beth Berry, talks about the need to slow down and not let fear control our parenting. → Read More

4 Simple Things Your Town can do Right Now to Make Life Easier for Small Scale Developers —

Because it shouldn’t be this hard. → Read More

The Ultimate Guide to Creating Walkable Streets —

Why we need them, how to build them, and who’s already getting it done around the country. → Read More

The Spooky Wisdom of Incremental —

Can we afford to build incrementally when the problems we face are so enormous? → Read More