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Some think of May 4 as Star Wars day, others remember May 4 as the birthday of Jane Jacobs. Charles Marohn suggests that May 4 should now be known as "Urban Renewal Remembrance Day."
May 4, 2015   Strong Towns
Historic planning documents, like those found in the APA's Planning Advisory Service, are full of lessons about how past planning doctrines failed their intentions, and it's always a good time for planners to re-evaluate their antecedents.
Mar 3, 2015   Strong Towns
Charles Marohn starts off the year strong by throwing down the gauntlet on the perpetual transportation funding debate.
Jan 7, 2015   Strong Towns
In the most recent iteration of the annual event, social media users around the country submitted images of empty parking lots in front of retail centers on the busiest shopping day of the year.
Dec 2, 2014   Strong Towns
Charles Marohn proposes height limits as a catalyst for development. Yes, you read that correctly.
Nov 3, 2014   Strong Towns
As a result of the dominant development patterns and transportation practices of the 20th century, churches have receded in their role as an anchors for neighborhoods and broader communities.
Apr 14, 2014   Strong Towns
Parking lots across the U.S. are designed to accommodate the crowds of cars participating in the busiest shopping day of the year. By asking his readers to capture images of underutilized lots last Friday, Chuck Marohn set out to expose the fallacy.
Dec 2, 2013   Strong Towns
Charles Marohn examines the role that chance plays in the successes and failures of our planning efforts and comes to the conclusion that traditional development patterns are a tried and true antidote to our lack of control.
Nov 25, 2013   Strong Towns
Anyone living in New York, or paying attention to baseball, knows how one failed splashy signing can sink a team's competitiveness. Rather than trying to win with home runs, local governments should be playing small ball, argues Charles Marohn.
Aug 19, 2013   Strong Towns
Using Omaha's Old Market neighborhood as an example, Nathaniel M. Hood calls for an end to the urban "Entertainment District" - the common revitalization tool that produces a "single-use monoculture" that alienates families and baby boomers.
Mar 18, 2013   Strong Towns
Charles Marohn derides the conflicted approach to creating "Safe Routes to Schools" in the United States. With new data linking transport to school to educational outcomes, is it time to rethink the federal government's popular program?
Feb 6, 2013   Strong Towns