How I feel about the Strong Towns Movement

Bryan Mock
Aug 20, 2016 · 2 min read

I love it.

Ok, well there should probably be more substance than that.

I love everything about it.


Seriously though, if you are someone at all interested in Architecture, Urban Planning, Landscape Design, Urbanism, or just why in the hell your town is designed so horribly, and how little ole you might actually have something to say about it, then you want to be following Strong Towns.

Given the enormous amount of anxiety out there in America, I’m sure that’s just about every one of you.

Strong Towns is a blog started by Charles Marohn in 2008. Today, “ it is a national media nonprofit publishing award-winning daily articles by dozens of contributors, hosting events across the continent and sharing weekly podcasts.”

Strong Towns doesn’t focus on calling out the designers behind some of the atrocities they bring forth as shining examples of what not to do. Instead, they focus their content on the policies that cause otherwise rational people to act out of their own self interest.

Taking it one step further, they then teach designers how to push against bad policy. Sometimes this little push is all that is needed to initiate sweeping change to the whole system in the process.

And that is why I say that Strong Towns is a movement. It is a grassroots movement that has spurred people into taking action toward what has recently begun to grow into a movement of small and incremental developers.

The people behind Strong Towns understand that we’re all just well meaning folk trying to do a job well done, as best we can, with the worlds we are given.

Perhaps it’s just our shared Midwestern roots that endears me to it so.

I’m not gonna get into what all this movement is and why it’s so important to the future of the United States just yet. That’s to come.

I just wanted to take the time to quietly show a little appreciation for all the hard work being done by some well meaning folk.


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