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Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity by [Charles L  Marohn Jr]

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America's cities are trapped in a vicious cycle. We can't meet our basic financial needs, yet continue to fund new highways, new megaprojects, and new developments that fail to generate prosperity. Short-term growth may create the illusion of wealth, but it comes at the expense of long-term solvency, creating unpayable future liabilities.

Charles L. Marohn, Jr. wants us to break this cycle with lessons our ancestors learned over thousands of years of trial and error. To create cities that last, we must build incrementally, in small actions at the local level, with a focus on feedback and adaptability. This formula will restore strength and stability to our fragile system. And in his new book, Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity, he breaks with modern practice to present a new vision of urban development that creates organic resilience.

Readers will discover:

  • Why our cities are on the cusp of a long, slow decline, and how to approach the challenge in a rational way
  • Why inducing growth and development has been the conventional response to urban financial struggles—and why it just doesn't work
  • Why old and blighted areas are often more financially productive than shiny new ones
  • The power of "little bets" to strengthen communities and improve the lives of citizens
  • How humble public engagement can create amazing insights
  • The surprising ways that strong neighborhoods make us better people

This book lays out a new paradigm that not only promises to address the long-standing problems facing America's city leaders, but also offers unexpected insights into what it means to be human. Thoughtful, practical, quietly passionate, and at times poignant, Strong Towns is a must-read for anyone who cares deeply about creating places where people want to live.

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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"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.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B07YGC4K4V
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Wiley; 1st edition (September 25, 2019)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ September 25, 2019
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1756 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Sticky notes ‏ : ‎ On Kindle Scribe
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 243 pages
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My passion is working with cities and towns on issues of economic development, land use and engineering - particularly those places that are seeking answers as to why the standard solutions have failed to create prosperity for them

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 my hometown of Brainerd, Minnesota, with my wife, two daughters and two Samoyed dogs. I love playing music, reading and the cheering for the Minnesota Twins.

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