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Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity Kindle Edition
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From the Back Cover
PRAISE FOR STRONG TOWNS
"Sometimes, in our depleted and cynical times, one hears 'Well then, what is your genius plan? ' Here it is, finally, with extraordinary force and clarity: a genius plan."
―ANDRES DUANY, author of Suburban Nation and founder of the Congress for the New Urbanism
"Rebuilding our cities, towns, suburbs, and communities won't be easy. But Marohn shows us a way to a better future, driven bottom-up by our many and varied strong towns. Marohn has written the playbook for rebuilding our communities. A must-read for mayors, city builders, urbanists, and all of us who want to live in and create stronger, more vibrant, and inclusive places."
―RICHARD FLORIDA, author of The Rise of the Creative Class, The Great Reset, and The New Urban Crisis
"Charles Marohn brings the same incisive creativity to Strong Towns that citizens and city leaders alike must bring to their communities."
―JANETTE SADIK-KHAN, Bloomberg Associates, former NYC Transportation Commissioner, author of Street Fight
"Charles's genuine passion, his spot-on observations, and clear insights make the case as to why we need a bottom-up revolution to rebuild American prosperity that will compel us to rethink how to make places more livable, sustainable, and prosperous."
―MITCHELL J. SILVER, past president of the American Planning Association
"Somewhere between Small is Beautiful and Cities and The Wealth of Nations can be found the gem of Strong Towns, our current moment's most cogent, practical, and necessary response to the problem of urban economics."
―JEFF SPECK, author of Walkable City and Walkable City Rules
"A cogent call to rethink our faith in and commitment to unbridled and sprawling growth as the solution to challenges faced by our nation's cities and towns."
―PATRICE FREY, President and CEO of the National Main Street Center --This text refers to the hardcover edition.
About the Author
New York-based actor Matthew Boston has over thirty years of professional experience working in theater, film, television, and voice-over. He received his training from the Mason Gross School of the Arts, Shakespeare & Company, and the Lee Strasberg Institute. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B07YGC4K4V
- Publisher : Wiley; 1st edition (September 25, 2019)
- Publication date : September 25, 2019
- Language : English
- File size : 1248 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 243 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #133,190 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Top reviews from the United States
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Overall, I strongly recommend this book and would like to buy copies for my friends and family to read. I do have to note, however, that I was distracted by a number of small typographical errors and the occasional ambiguous antecedent. These minor editing misses are the sole reason I am not giving this book 5 stars.
I would happily provide a copy edit of this book, as I do believe Strong Towns is an essential read for understanding the impact and importance of the built environment around us.
Chuck Marohn takes on all that and much more. The book is an easy and provocative read, and there is a Kindle edition. But consider getting the hard-cover edition. You may want to lend it to others.
If you care about making your community better, you should definitely read (and STUDY) this book!
Where Strong Towns really shines among new urbanist thought is distinguishing between good urban form and the way in which towns and cities are developed. Many self-described urbanists understandably out of reaction to the auto-centric and mind-numbing drive-by sprawl that afflicts America fall into the same trap of wanting to impose a merely better urban form of the built environment. Chuck elegantly demonstrates that the long-term future of any development approach that mandates an all-at-once to a finished state rather than a freedom to incrementally grow, no matter how good the form, will necessarily be stagnation or decline.
While I have been a member of Strong Towns for years, this book represents an excellent distillation of thought from the past decade from the organization that will enable anybody to not only understand the core and nuances of the Strong Towns message but to see it as obvious and self apparent.
Can't recommend this book enough.
Chuck Marohn is an engineer who delivered planning projects for cities and towns all over the country and followed his professional training, but had a road-to-Damascus moment when he saw that the numbers didn't work: American cities were saddled with infrastructure they didn't need and couldn't afford, and with corresponding liabilities they would have no means to meet - all without the metrics that would tell them what was really going on. He outlines the financial instability and wealth-destroying pyramid scheme of post-WW II suburban development, and how the great wealth of the USA both allowed an unprecedented makeover of our built environment and hid its flaws and inherent contradictions. Now the bills are coming due.
I am just a provincial lawyer who cares about his home town - not a development or urban planning specialist. But this book and the tools provided by the Strong Towns organization provide real tools and insights to support people seeking a bottom-up, incrementalist approach for real wealth creation and sustainable living in their own particular towns and cities to cure us of taking on unsustainable obligations that depend on infinite future growth.
One last thing: it isn't a dry read at all. Chuck integrates the technical stuff and the details of his argument with the highlights of his own particular and humbling personal journey to his current outlook and some key insights from other contemporary social commentators. It is great to have a guide to these ideas who mixes expert knowledge and deep thinking with true humility. Go look at strongtowns.org, and then order the book!
Top reviews from other countries
He explains how we have strayed from the historic good practises that created our current towns and cities and what we need to do to correct this.
His primary objective is the creation of sustainable communities that work for their inhabitants.
I can't help but think of Professor Tainter's classic "The Collapse of Complex Societies". Tainter described the retrenchment of the Byzantine Empire as the only example of which he was aware, of successfully staving off a collapse.
This "Strong Towns" book is likewise calling for a sustainable retrenchment before it is too late and I highly commend it.
There are some shortcomings, particularly in areas with rapid growth. Boom and bust economies like my own cannot easily adopt the incremental approach advocated within, but Mr. Marohn has convinced me that we should try to our fullest extent.
It is worthwhile to note that the shortcomings I noted in this text are not ones that made me feel the Strong Towns argument has less value. Rather, they are new challenges I hope Mr. Marohn and associates address in the future.