Charles Marohn, Strong Towns

Charles Marohn

Strong Towns

Brainerd, MN, United States

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Recent articles by Charles:

Your City's Wealth Isn't Where You Think —

Small investments in poor neighborhoods are the best way for a community to build wealth. They are also the best way to lift people out of poverty without displacing them from their neighborhood. → Read More

The Solvent City: What Does It Look Like? —

A planner in Gallatin, Tennessee does the math to find out how much infrastructure his city can support and who’s paying their share. What he finds could be the Growth Ponzi Scheme in action. → Read More

America 2020: Living in the Long Emergency

The U.S. never really recovered from 2008. In fact, we're in the middle of a much bigger crisis than most people have realized. → Read More

The Local Case for Reparations —

There is nothing stopping local leaders from addressing their community’s legacy of racial injustice. Here is a credible plan for getting started. → Read More

Welcome to 2020. Jim Kunstler saw this coming. —

Economic upheaval, political dysfunction, social disorder—James Howard Kunstler saw it coming. He can also show us a way out. → Read More

Now Is the Time to End Traffic Fatalities. Here's a Simple Plan to Do It. —

We’ve engineered our streets for high performance when we should be engineering them for safety. Now’s the time to unwind the mess. Here’s how to do it. → Read More

It’s Time to Abolish Single-Family Zoning

Suburbia is built on federal subsidies. Is that conservative? → Read More

This is the End of the Suburban Experiment —

Contrary to what has been asserted elsewhere, the suburbs are not about to have a renaissance. In fact, there are many reasons to believe we are nearing the end. → Read More

Time to rethink cities?

So, I was going to add this to our social media stream and I realized two things. First, it's just going to make people mad. Second, I want people to not just be mad but to actually discuss ... → Read More

Top 5 Stories from the Week (Feb 4–8, 2019) —

This week we talked about Atlanta’s backwards approach to transit; why suburban infrastructure used to be more frugal than it is now; and the surprising financial and social wealth of poor neighborhoods. And the podcasts on the list have something for you whether you’re an entrepreneur, citizen advocate, or hardcore policy wonk. → Read More

Living with the Other —

How do we build Strong Towns in a culture of outrage? → Read More

The 2018 Strong Towns Annual Report —

In 2018 we began to see Strong Towns transition from a set of key ideas and insights about the struggles our communities face to an organization capable of creating revolutionary change in communities across the country. → Read More

Was ‘White Flight’ a Personal Economic Decision?

Race may have been an accelerant for the drain to the suburbs after WWII, but it wasn't the initial spark. → Read More

Debt is Not a Funding Source —

If public officials are going to use debt to pay for things, they must be vigilant about their lack of real skin the game. → Read More

Running government like a business —

Run your city with business principles, just don’t run it with business values. → Read More

That ol' diverging diamond —

You can’t build a space for cars, then claim it is “pedestrian friendly” because of a couple design features. → Read More

The more we build, the poorer we get. —

If you want your community to prosper, stop building new infrastructure. → Read More

How to Turn a Stroad into a Street (or a Road) —

Stroads are neither fast-moving roads nor productive, safe streets. But if you take these steps, you can turn them into something much better. → Read More

Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Gets Some Things Right

There's lots to like, and it could have been much worse. → Read More

Slow the Cars

Streets emphasize wealth creation. Roads are about movement. Combining the two functions is folly. → Read More