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America's approach to growth has transformed cities rich in history, ingenuity and character into places that are financially fragile and socially frayed. I want to restore the greatness of our cities and towns by reconnecting these places with their historical development pattern. We need to bring back the basic principles of financial resiliency and the importance of community in the measure of prosperity.
I live in Central Minnesota with my wife, two daughters and two Samoyed dogs. I love winter, playing music, reading and the cheering for the Minnesota Twins.
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Chuck offers a reasoned challenge to the conventional wisdom on issues like transportation, infrastructure spending, and economic development, taking stabs at a few sacred cows along the way; but he's never mean-spirited, always thoughtful, and provides an alternative to the established practices being followed by municipalities today.
If you're concerned about your community and want to make a difference, read this book.
The only other shortcoming I've noticed is something very common among infrastructure-related media; complaints. Lots and lots and lots of complaining without any practical discussion of solutions. Entire sections of the book dedicated to examples of how and why our urban sprawl is leaching resources to sustain itself. But that point is made early on (and pretty well established in common culture anyways) and doesn't need to be constantly reinforced.
I enjoyed his use of diagrams to make his points (pretty pictures!) which are well thought out and intriguing, such as the paradox that unlimited mobility has created so many inefficiencies that travel is slower. If you're interested in the subject, I would recommend this book.
I could go on about the many wonderful ideas and concepts that make up the "Strong Towns" approach but here's the bottom line: this book can help you make your town better (or shall I say, stronger). And with that said, let's wrap up with some hyperbole: Charles Marohn is the ten-foot tall great-nephew of Paul Bunyan who traded his ax for a pen and, with a single stroke, wrote this fine book that made every reader a better, smarter citizen.
That's closer to the truth than you may think!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great read. Makes a person rethink what elements are truly needed to have a successful city.Published 9 months ago by Christopher D Borey
As a professional engineer and traffic engineer this is a must read for those who want to make your city better. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Phillip Soares
When Chuck Marohn speaks, I listen. Brilliant analysis on the "fuzzy" economics of Town Planning. Recipe on how to create Strong Towns. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Richard May
Highly relevant to many of the issues facing American cities today. Unlike a normal book, this book is split into many small self-contained articles, but this makes it very easy to... Read morePublished on September 10, 2013 by Andrew
this book is a collection of blog posts, so beware, it reads like a blog. that said, i have really enjoyed this refreshing perspective from a conservative mind on how to... Read morePublished on March 24, 2013 by jenilee4843
Finally, a fiscal argument has been published to support traditional town planning. Mr. Marohn has brilliantly composed a series of papers into this wonderful book. Read morePublished on January 3, 2013 by Restless Urbanist
This book is a must read for anyone interested in urban development but weary of the impracticality and lack of economic rigor of so much current urban development talk. Read morePublished on December 23, 2012 by JWR
This work features a thorough discussion of the issues which obstruct or are involved in the creation or denigration of towns and cities, particularly with respect to... Read morePublished on November 4, 2012 by Granduca