The Strong Towns Podcast

The Strong Towns Podcast

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Interviews, commentary and discussion at the heart of the Strong Towns movement.


What does it mean to be part of a bottom-up revolution?
Nov 11 • 14 min
Last month, Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity was published. Since then, I’ve been touring North America to promote the Strong Towns movement and share our ideas with audiences big and bigger. It’s been an astounding six…
Live in Kansas City: “We’re a suburban community learning we can be urban.”
Nov 4 • 60 min
It’s hard not to be encouraged by what’s happening in Kansas City. On both the Kansas and Missouri sides, there are indications that the conversation is shifting. The assumptions about development that led Kansas City to become one of most car-centric…
Gracy Olmstead: It Still Takes a Village
Oct 28 • 43 min
As writer Gracy Olmstead was commuting to work in Washington, D.C. from her home in the suburbs, she often thought back to her childhood, being raised in the same rural Idaho town in which her great-great-great grandparents had homesteaded a century…
King Williams: The Gentrifiers Will Become the Gentrified
Oct 21 • 46 min
Gentrification. As we’ve written elsewhere, the term often sheds more heat than light. This is due not only to its negative connotations and lack of precise meaning, but also because gentrification plays out differently from one city, one neighborhood to…
Paul Stewart: You Are the Help You’ve Been Waiting For
Oct 14 • 60 min
“No one’s coming to save my city for me, so what is it that I can do?”— Paul Stewart, Oswego Renaissance Association There is more than one kind of housing crisis. The crisis we hear the most about is the crisis of supply. This is the housing crunch being…
More than Math: Living with Intention in Our Stronger Towns
Oct 4 • 37 min
Rachel Quednau returns for this very special episode of the podcast, the finale of our weeklong series inspired by Chuck Marohn’s new book, Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity. After catching up on what Rachel has been…
Minimum Viable Development? How We Let the “Perfect” Be the Enemy of the Good
Oct 3 • 75 min
In episode four of this weeklong podcast series, Chuck Marohn talks with Andrew Burleson — software engineer, Strong Towns board chair, and frequent podcast guest — about the difference between a problem and a predicament, why conventional development…
Building Productive Places (and Showering them with Love)
Oct 2 • 61 min
This is a special mash-up edition of the It’s the Little Things podcast and Strong Towns podcast! In this episode, Jacob Moses, host of It’s the Little Things, and Strong Towns president Chuck Marohn discuss a couple of Jacob’s favorite chapters from…
Breaking Free of the Infrastructure Cult
Oct 1 • 75 min
In episode two of this weeklong podcast series, Charles Marohn, Jr. is interviewed by Strong Towns board member John Reuter. The two longtime friends go in-depth on Chuck’s book, Strong Towns, which releases today! Specifically, Chuck and John look at the…
Spooky Wisdom: What Lessons Should We Be Learning from How Our Ancestors Built Cities?
Sep 30 • 50 min
Welcome to a special mash-up episode of the Strong Towns and Upzoned podcasts! In this episode, Kea Wilson, host of Upzoned, and Strong Towns president Charles Marohn, Jr. discuss the “spooky wisdom” contained in the cities of our ancestors, reflecting…
James Howard Kunstler: It’s All Going to Have to Get Smaller
Sep 23 • 57 min
There is a prevailing fallacy, despite warning signs to the contrary (looming peak oil, fragile markets, and climate weirdness, among others), that we can continue in perpetuity the lifestyle to which we’ve become accustomed. All we need to do is to pump…
Tomas Sedlacek: A More Humane Economics
Sep 16 • 69 min
“Growth is good. Like a sunny day. But having an economy that assumes all sunny days is a recipe for disaster.” This is one of the central insights from this week’s podcast, featuring our very special guest, Tomas Sedlacek. Strong Towns president Chuck…
Patrick Deneen on Rediscovering Community and Rootedness
Sep 9 • 48 min
“The freer we are, the less we feel we control the mechanisms of our liberty and individuality.” — Patrick Deneen It’s no secret to our regular readers that Strong Towns founder and president Chuck Marohn is an avid reader. In fact, every December, Chuck…
Ben Westhoff: Ferguson, Five Years Later
Sep 3 • 41 min
On August 9, 2014, Michael Brown was fatally shot by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, a northwestern suburb of St. Louis. Brown’s death, and the protests that followed, helped catalyze the Black Lives Matter movement and drew global attention…
Ask Strong Towns #10: August 2019
Aug 20 • 57 min
At Strong Towns, our mission is to spread our radically new approach to growth and development to as many people as possible. That’s why we aren’t available to consult with individuals or organizations—but that doesn’t mean we can’t help. Once a month, we…
Steve Mouzon: Living Traditions and the Original Green
Aug 12 • 52 min
“Green” is all around you these days, and increasingly it’s a buzzword when it comes to our built environment. LEED-certified construction, high-tech permeable pavement, electric vehicles: there’s no shortage of technological innovations that someone has…
The Dignity of Local Community: Chris Arnade
Aug 5 • 61 min
In 2017, writer, photographer, and reformed-Wall-Streeter-turned-social-critic Chris Arnade appeared as a guest on the Strong Towns Podcast, in an episode that has been one of our most popular and was featured in our Greatest Hits series (listen to it…
What Happens When Housing Becomes a Cash Crop?
Jul 29 • 56 min
Giorgio Angelini didn’t exactly pick the most fortuitous time to start architecture school. He enrolled in Rice University’s architecture program in 2008, just as the U.S. economy was plunging into recession and new construction screeching to a halt. But…
Building Cities For Our Unconscious Brains: Ann Sussman on the Failings of Modern Architecture
Jul 22 • 53 min
If the 19th century belonged to engineering, and the 20th century to chemistry and physics, then the 21st might belong to biology. (The OECD said as much in a 2012 forum.) Increasingly, we’re coming to understand the nature of humans as biological…
Start Small, and Make a Lot of Noise: John Yung on Suburban Revitalization
Jul 1 • 57 min
The growth of American suburbia began with a bang, not a whimper. In the 1950s and 1960s, we built new residential subdivisions and commercial strips on the fringes of every major U.S. city—and we built them fast. Unprecedentedly so. Many of these places…
Ask Strong Towns #9 (June 2019)
Jun 24 • 61 min
At Strong Towns, our mission is to spread our radically new approach to growth and development to as many people as possible. That’s why we aren’t available to consult with individuals or organizations—but that doesn’t mean we can’t help. Once a month, we…
What Does it Take to Bring a City Back from the Brink?
Jun 10 • 60 min
What does it really take to bring a depopulating city back from the brink? Scott Ford has some ideas. In early 2011, still near the bottom of the Great Recession, Newsweek published a listicle of America’s Top 10 “Dying Cities.” Near the top of the list…
Autonomous Vehicles Are Coming. Do We Have a Say in Who Benefits?
Jun 3 • 64 min
The hype about autonomous vehicles—”AV’s” for short—is often breathless. Advocates have touted the emerging technology as the key to everything that ails our cities—heck, they just might bring about Mideast peace and cure cancer! At Strong Towns, we’ve…
Ask Strong Towns: Celebrity Edition with Community-Conscious Developer Derek Avery
May 29 • 66 min
Derek Avery is a community-conscious real-estate developer from Dallas, TX, whose work is rooted in the mantra of “revitalization without gentrification.” His company, COIR Holdings, takes a holistic approach to the neighborhoods it works in: not just…
Why does Strong Towns put *so* much emphasis on its members—and why is that so unusual in the nonprofit world?
May 23 • 19 min
On this special episode of Upzoned, Kea sits down with board member John Reuter to talk about the big story in the ST universe—the Strong Towns member drive—and why Strong Towns members are so much more crucial to our mission than the average non-profit…
It’s the Strong Towns Moment
May 20 • 14 min
There is always a moment standing off stage, before the lights come up and the show begins, when the calmness of anticipation sets in. All the work to prepare has been done—the stage is set, the lines are rehearsed, the props in place—and now it’s time.…
Steve Nygren of Serenbe: “I Wanted to Build a Town, Not a Development”
May 13 • 50 min
Steve Nygren is two decades into his post-career career as the “mad genius” master developer of a town-in-progress called Serenbe, Georgia. It’s a community deliberately modeled after English country villages and other historic towns—the kinds of places…
Land Value Tax with Joe Minicozzi
May 6 • 28 min
As an engineer, I worked for cities doing public improvement projects; building and maintaining streets, sewer pipes, water mains, and drainage systems. One project opened my eyes to a crazy world of perverse incentives I didn’t know existed. It was a…
Memphis’s U-Turn: Interview with Doug McGowen
Apr 29 • 50 min
The strongest and most resilient communities, just as with people, are often those that have endured unusual hardship and come out stronger for it. There’s a clarity of focus and purpose that you develop because you have to. You don’t have the luxury not…
Ask Strong Towns #8: April 2019
Apr 23 • 51 min
Here’s the audio from our April 2019 edition of Ask Strong Towns, a bimonthly webcast in which you can ask anything you want of our founder and president, Chuck Marohn, and our communications director, Kea Wilson. Questions answered: 2:05: Strong Towns…
What to Expect From Strong Towns: the Book
Apr 22 • 48 min
The wait is over. Chuck Marohn, Strong Towns’s founder and president, is back with an all-new episode of the Strong Towns Podcast! Thank you to all our listeners who were patient with us during our several-month hiatus. We did share a Greatest Hits series…
Greatest Hits #11: Economic Gardening With Chris Gibbons (2013)
Apr 15 • 46 min
If you’re looking for an example of the Strong Towns mindset applied to local economic development, you couldn’t do much better than Economic Gardening. It’s an approach to growing a city’s job base and economic prosperity that doesn’t involve a dollar of…
Strongest Town Contest: Championship Round
Apr 8 • 36 min
Here’s the audio from the championship round of our Strongest Town Contest. We invited representatives of our final two contestants—Quint Studer of Pensacola, FL, and Nancy Pearson of Portsmouth, NH—to join us for a live Q&A webcast and each make the case…
Strongest Town Semifinals: Portsmouth, New Hampshire
Apr 2 • 24 min
Nancy Pearson shares her vision for downtown and the steps the city is taking to get there, how Portsmouth capitalizes on its port, and answers a question from a Strong Towns member about how Portsmouth prepares for potentially catastrophic floods.
Strongest Town Semifinals: Guthrie, Oklahoma
Apr 2 • 20 min
Justin Fortney shares plans for a traffic calming project to better connect neighborhoods to Guthrie’s downtown, how the city engages its residents, and answers a question from a Strong Towns member about how Guthrie listens and responds to the needs of…
Strongest Town Semifinals: Pensacola, Florida
Apr 2 • 21 min
Quint Studer discusses the current projects Pensacola is working on to make the best use of its existing infrastructure, how Pensacola encourages local business creation, and answers a question from a Strong Towns member about how Pensacola encourages…
Strongest Town Semifinals: Safety Harbor, Florida
Apr 2 • 20 min
James Fogarty discusses the current projects Safety Harbor is working on towards becoming more financially resilient, what steps the local leaders are taking to foster Safety Harbor’s walkable downtown, and answers a question from a Strong Towns member…
Greatest Hits #10: John Dominic Crossan (2013)
Mar 27 • 70 min
There are a lot of reasons that Strong Towns founder and president Chuck Marohn is excited about finally writing a book that encapsulates the message of our organization and our growing movement. But one maybe-less-obvious reason, which Marohn describes…
Greatest Hits #9: Can You Be an Engineer and Speak Out for Reform? (2015)
Mar 18 • 66 min
A lot of professions and organizations have an unspoken code, one that says, “We may air our disagreements internally, but to the rest of the world, we present a united front.” The police and the military, for example, tend to be this way. Families are…
Greatest Hits #8: Gross Negligence (2015)
Mar 12 • 61 min
You are grossly negligent if you show a conscious indifference to the safety of others. In other words, you’re aware that the safety of others is endangered, but you don’t do anything to act on that knowledge. Virtually nothing Strong Towns has done or…
Greatest Hits #7: Talking Debt and Self-Sufficiency With Mr. Money Mustache (2016)
Mar 4 • 54 min
In a bizarre round of the endless, massively multiplayer game of Telephone that is the internet, a recent Forbes headline pronounced, “Wealth Guru Plans Dutch-Style Car-Free Bicycle-Friendly City Near Boulder, Colorado.“ Other publications quickly jumped…
Ask Strong Towns #7
Feb 28 • 59 min
Once a month, we host Ask Strong Towns, a live Q&A webcast open only to Strong Towns members and select invitees, to give you a chance to ask your burning questions about our vision for change, and how the Strong Towns approach might apply in your unique…
Greatest Hits #6: Time to End the Routine Traffic Stop (2016)
Feb 25 • 61 min
We have a public safety epidemic in America. And it starts and ends on our roadways. In 2017, over 40,000 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes in the U.S. More people are killed in traffic each year than by firearms. And a huge proportion of those…
Greatest Hits #5: Approaching a Divided America With Open Eyes (2017)
Feb 18 • 55 min
For the fifth installment of our Strong Towns Podcast Greatest Hits series, we revisit a 2017 conversation between Strong Towns podcast host Chuck Marohn and acclaimed writer and photographer Chris Arnade. Arnade has a history that makes him unusually…
Greatest Hits #4: Lots of Small Earthquakes: How a Place Becomes Antifragile (2015)
Feb 4 • 57 min
The fourth entry in our Strong Towns Podcast Greatest Hits series is part 2 of a 2-parter from 2015 (Click here for Part 1). In this series, our founder and president Chuck Marohn breaks down, quote by quote, a talk by Nassim Nicholas Taleb called “Small…
Ask Strong Towns: Celebrity Edition with Stacy Mitchell
Feb 4 • 67 min
Today we’re sharing the audio (video is available on our website) from our January 29th Ask Strong Towns: Celebrity Edition webcast conversation featuring Strong Towns President Chuck Marohn and one of America’s top experts on mega-retailers (both big box…
Greatest Hits #3: Is a City More Like a Washing Machine or a Cat? (2015)
Jan 28 • 51 min
Is a city more like a washing machine or a cat? No, it’s not a riddle—but it probably sounds like one unless you’ve read the work of Nassim Nicholas Taleb. And whether or not you’ve read Taleb, if you’re interested in how cities are complex,…
Greatest Hits #2: Steven Shultis on “Bad” Urban Schools (2015)
Jan 22 • 74 min
In this classic episode from 2015, Chuck talks with Steven Shultis, a longtime friend of Strong Towns, about low-income urban neighborhoods and, in particular, urban schools. Shultis started the blog Rational Urbanism to chronicle his experiences and…
Greatest Hits #1: America Answers Forum on Infrastructure (2015)
Jan 14 • 57 min
In fall 2014, Strong Towns founder Chuck Marohn participated in the America Answers forum put on by the Washington Post, sharing a stage with, among others, then-Vice President Biden and then-Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. In this reflection…
2019 Update
Jan 9 • 9 min
Chuck provides a brief update on where we’re at with the Strong Towns Podcast and what to expect in the coming weeks.
We’ll Make The World a Better Place By (Insert Your Planning Fad Here)
Dec 10, 2018 • 52 min
Our last new podcast episode of this year finds Strong Towns founder and president Chuck Marohn busily baking cookies (‘tis the season), and musing on a series of questions posed to him by a Detroit-based journal. The questions get at the heart of some of…
Ask Strong Towns: November 2018
Dec 3, 2018 • 71 min
Today on the Strong Towns Podcast, we’re bringing you the audio from the latest edition of our live, bimonthly ask-us-anything webcast, Ask Strong Towns. On November 16th, 2018, we invited Strong Towns members to ask their questions—any questions at…
Ask Strong Towns Celebrity Edition: Q&A With Jeff Speck
Nov 26, 2018 • 67 min
Listen to the audio from our November 2018 live webcast Q&A with renowned urban planner, walkability expert, and author of Walkable City Rules, Jeff Speck.
You are awesome!
Nov 16, 2018 • 11 min
This is the final day of our fall 2018 member drive. Today, we’re sitting by the phone waiting for you to call. Seriously. If you’ve been waiting — been putting this off all week — we’re here to help you get past the finish line. Here’s the number:…
Giving You The Language You Need to Change the Conversation
Nov 14, 2018 • 15 min
Strong Towns founder and president Chuck Marohn is in Boerne, TX today to give the Neighborhoods First talk: one of our signature presentations. It’s all about how to shift from a strategy of a few large, high-risk investments to many small, incremental…
What do you do when you need to change everything?
Nov 13, 2018 • 17 min
Our cities are struggling financially. But culturally, we lack a common understanding to explain why this is, let alone decide what to do about it. Many people want to believe we’re simply not paying enough taxes. Others believe that our tax rates are too…
Ten Years, Getting Stronger
Nov 12, 2018 • 13 min
A decade ago, I sat down and wrote a series of blog posts, inaugurating a space that would eventually grow into the worldwide phenomenon known as Strong Towns. Much has happened in the intervening years—so much since I was that lone voice in the…
Carmel is Not a Strong Town
Nov 5, 2018 • 60 min
In our last podcast, I spoke with Aaron Renn, the Urbanophile, about the city of Carmel, Indiana. It was an opportunity to learn more about Carmel’s controversial experiment in large-scale, debt-driven suburban retrofit, and an opportunity to hear, though…
Upzoned #5: Opportunity Zones, But For Whom?
Oct 29, 2018 • 27 min
…. But where’s that familiar intro music?! If you’re looking for the regular Strong Towns Podcast, never fear—it’ll be back next week. Today we’re cross-posting a recent episode of Upzoned, a podcast we launched in September featuring Strong Towns’s own…
Carmel’s Billion-Dollar Bet
Oct 22, 2018 • 59 min
Can you build a better kind of city, one that will hold its value through the ages, through sheer brute force and debt—lots of debt? This is the bet on which that the Indianapolis suburb of Carmel, Indiana has gone all-in. In this week’s episode of the…
The Roots of the Opioid Epidemic: A Conversation With Sam Quinones
Oct 15, 2018 • 68 min
Strong Towns President and Founder Chuck Marohn is an avid reader, and every year, at the end of the year, Chuck publishes a short list of his favorite books of the year. The 2017 year-end list included a book called Dreamland by LA-based journalist Sam…
Democratizing Local Public Finance by Bringing Back Small-Scale Investors
Oct 8, 2018 • 46 min
The way we finance our cities has a huge impact on what gets built, when, and where. So if you’re inclined to think the municipal bond market is the most boring subject we could tackle on the Strong Towns Podcast, think again—because we have a truly…
Beyond the Buzzword: Innovation and How it Can Help Local Government Create Meaningful Change
Oct 7, 2018 • 32 min
This bonus episode of the Strong Towns Podcast is cross-posted from our other podcast It’s the Little Things. Want to better your community but don’t know where to start? Enter It’s the Little Things: a new, weekly Strong Towns podcast that gives you the…
Peak Delusion of the Long Emergency
Oct 1, 2018 • 68 min
Last week, Strong Towns president Chuck Marohn spoke at the International Conference of City Managers in Baltimore. He described the reaction in the room as a mixture of “Yes, that describes my situation,” and “That might describe other places, but under…
Downshifting into a Meaningful Life: A Conversation With Ruben Anderson
Sep 24, 2018 • 56 min
In July, fresh out of a particularly useless focus-group session of the type with which all planners and local government types are familiar, Strong Towns Founder and President Chuck Marohn wrote an article entitled “Most Public Engagement is Worthless.”…
Is Strong Towns the same as Sprawl Repair?
Sep 17, 2018 • 57 min
If Strong Towns is not Sprawl Repair, then what is it? This question was posed to use on Twitter. Strong Towns Founder and President, Chuck Marohn, answers it in this monologue podcast. Sprawl Repair, sometimes also called Suburban Retrofit, is a concept…
Upzoned Episode 1: Dams and Reservoirs Won’t Save Us
Sep 14, 2018 • 33 min
Introducing Upzoned: a new podcast from Strong Towns! Strong Towns is dedicated to providing in-depth, thoughtful analysis on everything about the way our world is built—and that can take a little time. But sometimes, a hot new story will cross our desks…
It’s The Little Things Episode 1: Running For City Council
Sep 12, 2018 • 25 min
Want to better your community but don’t know where to start? Enter It’s the Little Things: a brand new, weekly Strong Towns podcast that gives you the wisdom and encouragement you need to take the small yet powerful actions that can make your city or town…
Where To Next For CNU? A Conversation With Lynn Richards
Sep 10, 2018 • 37 min
This episode is our tenth and final dispatch from the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), which took place in Savannah, Georgia in May. Chuck Marohn attended CNU and hosted a series of in-depth podcast conversations about some of the most pressing topics…
A Conversation With the Urban3 Team at CNU
Sep 6, 2018 • 57 min
This is our ninth dispatch from the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), which took place in Savannah, Georgia in May. Chuck Marohn attended CNU and hosted a series of in-depth podcast conversations about some of the most pressing topics for cities today,…
Programming Update
Sep 5, 2018 • 12 min
A brief update from Chuck Marohn on the podcast feed, future program changes and the North Texas Regional Gathering.
The Emptying Out of Rural Kansas: An Interview With Corie Brown
Aug 30, 2018 • 48 min
In this week’s Strong Towns Podcast, Chuck Marohn interviews Corie Brown, the co-founder of Zester Media. Brown writes about food and the food system, and is a former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, Premiere Magazine, and BusinessWeek.…
The Week Ahead, August 29, 2017
Aug 29, 2018 • 31 min
Chuck and Rachel discuss Chuck’s recent event in Tulsa, OK and recent article, ”Autism, PTSD and the City.” They also announce an upcoming slackchat about incremental development and talk about the flooding in the Texas area. Mentioned in this podcast:…
Thoughts on Incremental Development
Aug 24, 2018 • 62 min
Does Strong Towns have a right to point out the problems with our current development pattern if we don’t also have a clear solution? In this solo podcast, Chuck Marohn reflects on the state of the Strong Towns movement, its critics and its interactions…
Young People and CNU
Aug 23, 2018 • 50 min
This is our eighth dispatch from the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), which took place in Savannah, Georgia in May. Chuck Marohn attended CNU and hosted a series of in-depth podcast conversations about some of the most pressing topics for cities…
How Relevant is Localism in an Age of Urgency?
Aug 16, 2018 • 59 min
This is our seventh dispatch from the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), which took place in Savannah, Georgia in May. Chuck Marohn attended CNU and hosted a series of in-depth podcast conversations about some of the most pressing topics for cities…
Ask Strong Towns #5
Aug 9, 2018 • 65 min
Today’s Strong Towns Podcast is the audio from a recent Ask Strong Towns webcast conversation featuring President and Founder Chuck Marohn and Communications Director Kea Wilson. Once a month, we host Ask Strong Towns to give you a chance to ask your…
E-Scooters and Who Takes Up Space in Cities
Aug 2, 2018 • 40 min
A long-time volunteer and contributor to Strong Towns, Andrew Burleson is a software engineer and project manager in San Francisco, California. He currently serves on the Board of Strong Towns. Andrew has been a key advocate for the transition of the…
From Vision to Policy, Making New Urbanism Work
Jul 26, 2018 • 58 min
This is our sixth dispatch from the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), which took place in Savannah, Georgia in May. Chuck Marohn attended CNU and hosted a series of in-depth podcast conversations about some of the most pressing topics for cities today,…
Suburban Poverty Meets Sprawl Retrofit
Jul 19, 2018 • 55 min
This is our fourth dispatch from the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), which took place in Savannah, Georgia in May. Chuck Marohn attended CNU and hosted a series of in-depth podcast conversations about some of the most pressing topics for cities…
What does it mean to build a vibrant community?
Jul 12, 2018 • 51 min
Quint Studer is the founder of Pensacola, Florida’s Studer Community Institute, a nonprofit organization focused on improving the community’s quality of life and moving Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties forward. He is a businessman, visionary, entrepreneur…
Ask Strong Towns #4 (June 2018)
Jul 5, 2018 • 68 min
Every month, we host Ask Strong Towns to give you a chance to ask your burning questions about our vision for change, and how the Strong Towns approach might apply in your unique place. The live Ask Strong Towns webcast is open to all Strong Towns…
The Week Ahead: From Technical Writer to Grocery Store Owner to Community Builder
Jul 2, 2018 • 13 min
On this episode, Rachel introduces her colleague, Jacob Moses, who is Strong Towns’ new Community Builder. Jacob discusses his unique background in technical writing and grocery store management, and how he ended up at Strong Towns. Mentioned in this…
Autonomous Vehicles: Separating the Hype from Reality
Jun 28, 2018 • 61 min
This is our fourth dispatch from the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), which took place in Savannah, Georgia in May. Chuck Marohn attended CNU and hosted a series of in-depth podcast conversations about some of the most pressing topics for cities…
The Week Ahead: Get to know our new summer intern
Jun 25, 2018 • 13 min
This week, Rachel’s guest is Connor Nielsen, our summer intern who is working with both Strong Towns and our friends at the geoanalytics firm, Urban3, to share data-related stories throughout the next few months. Connor talks about what led him to this…
Absolution and the Changing American City
Jun 21, 2018 • 42 min
This is our third dispatch from the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), which took place in Savannah, Georgia in May. Chuck Marohn attended CNU and hosted a series of in-depth podcast conversations about some of the most pressing topics for cities today,…
The Week Ahead: Bee Season
Jun 18, 2018 • 20 min
Rachel’s guest this week is Michelle Erfurt, Strong Towns’ Pathfinder. She shares an update on Strong Towns’ events for the year and the amazing reach that the Strong Towns message has been having. Michelle and Rachel also dish about their latest favorite…
Even Historic Cities Face Auto-Oriented Design Problems
Jun 14, 2018 • 52 min
This is our second dispatch from the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), which took place in Savannah, Georgia in May. Chuck Marohn attended CNU and hosted a series of in-depth podcast conversations about some of the most pressing topics for cities…
Why is it so hard to get things built?
Jun 7, 2018 • 36 min
This is our first dispatch from the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU), which took place in Savannah, Georgia in May. Chuck Marohn attended CNU and hosted a series of in-depth podcast conversations about some of the most pressing topics for cities today,…
How a Productivity- and Efficiency-Obsessed Culture Harms Parents
May 31, 2018 • 52 min
A few decades ago, Beth Berry lived in Austin, Texas with her four children. The pace of life in that big city eventually caught up with them and they decided to move south to Mexico to find something different. Beth started writing, cooking, walking and…
The Week Ahead: Thank you!
May 29, 2018 • 15 min
On this episode, Kea and Rachel recap the recent member drive and chat about some recent favorite books and shows. A huge thank you to the 150 new members who joined us last week. If you didn’t get a chance to become a member yet, you can still do so…
Let’s Talk
May 25, 2018 • 10 min
Strong Towns needs your support! It’s the final day of our member drive and can’t accomplish our mission of changing the national conversation on growth and development without you. Become a member today: www.strongtowns.org/membership If you’ve been…
Here’s what gives me hope.
May 24, 2018 • 24 min
Strong Towns needs your support! We can’t accomplish our mission of changing the national conversation on growth and development without you. Become a member today: www.strongtowns.org/membership On Day 4 of the Spring member drive, Chuck recaps a typical…
Renewing Past Promises
May 21, 2018 • 15 min
Strong Towns needs your support! We can’t accomplish our mission of changing the national conversation on growth and development without you. Become a member today: www.strongtowns.org/membership In this first episode of our Spring member drive, Chuck…
Ask Strong Towns #3 (May 2018)
May 17, 2018 • 76 min
Every month, we host Ask Strong Towns to give you a chance to ask your burning questions about our vision for change, and how the Strong Towns approach might apply in your unique place. The live Ask Strong Towns webcast is open to all Strong Towns…
The Week Ahead: The 26th Congress for the New Urbanism
May 14, 2018 • 28 min
Chuck and Rachel discuss Strong Towns’ role in CNU26 in Savannah, GA, including live podcast recordings, an interactive debate, a Strong Towns 101 presentation and a meet-up. Get all the details here. MENTIONED IN THIS PODCAST Overview of Strong Towns…
What’s it like to get started as a small scale developer?
May 10, 2018 • 47 min
Kea Wilson is Strong Towns’ Director of Community Engagement and, as of a couple days ago, the proud owner of a new four-family building in her hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. This is the second property that she and her partner have purchased and…
The Week Ahead: Don’t be scared of dockless bikeshare
May 7, 2018 • 27 min
Rachel’s guest this week is Strong Towns member and occasional writer, Alex Baca. Alex just published an article on Strong Towns called “Homeownership for whom?” about the flawed model of homeownership as a platform for building household wealth — and who…
Ask Strong Towns #2 with Joe Minicozzi
May 3, 2018 • 66 min
Today we’ve got the audio from a recent Ask Strong Towns webcast conversation featuring friend of Strong Towns and Principal at Urban3, Joe Minicozzi, and hosted by Chuck Marohn. You can watch the video from this webcast as well as see a list of questions…
The Week Ahead: A Chat with Strong Towns’ Resident Nomad
Apr 30, 2018 • 16 min
Rachel’s guest this week is Strong Towns Growth Manager, Max Azzarello. He discusses his nomadic lifestyle and the reason he might be settling down somewhere permanently soon. He also talks about why he drives a scooter and a recent book he’s been…