Strong Towns Podcast
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For decades we have avoided a difficult truth: Our pattern of development – the very way we build our towns and neighborhoods – costs more to maintain than it generates in return. We’ve masked this reality by inducing more growth through transfer payments between governments, reactionary transportation spending, debt and a Ponzi scheme of local government incentives. Our ability to use these mechanisms of growth is waning. Our cities and states now face a financial crisis of tremendous proportions. We can cut spending and we can raise taxes, but we will not be on a path to sustained prosperity unless we are willing to reform our approach to growth. Strong Towns is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization focused on the root of these systemic problems: our land use patterns—the way we have designed our towns and neighborhoods.
||Show 181: Peatonito & John Yung||This week’s podcast is a double header starting with the first super hero ever to appear on a Strong Towns Podcast (still waiting on Cap’n Transit), the Mexican pedestrian advocate Peatonito. Then we’re joined by the slightly more reserved, but equally cool, John Yung of the site UrbanCincy.||7/10/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Show 180: John Anderson||John Anderson of Anderson|Kim Architecture and Urban Design joins the podcast this week to talk about development in a post-easy money world. Get out the title for your Tercel, put your pro-forma together and listen to a fascinating conversation.||7/3/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Show 179: Ben Hamilton-Baillie||Ben Hamilton-Baillie, street designer and shared space advocate, joins the podcast from CNU 22 in Buffalo to talk about shared space, his memories of Hans Monderman and hopes for American transportation. This is a very special podcast you are not going to want to miss. You can follow Ben Hamilton-Baillie on Twitter, see more of his work on his firm’s website and watch the video, Poyton Regenerated, that was discussed in the podcast. This week is our membership drive. If you appreciate the content we provide, please consider supporting us by becoming a member.||6/26/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Fifty by Friday||A special message to our podcast listeners from Chuck Marohn.||6/24/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Show 178: Lynn Richards||From CNU 22 in Buffalo, Chuck is joined this week by the incoming president and CEO of the Congress for the New Urbanism, Lynn Richards. They discuss Lynn’s background (really fascinating), how she became interested in leading the CNU and what she looks to accomplish in the position. You can follow Lynn on Twitter at @lrichardsCNU.||6/19/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Show 177: Sally Flocks from PEDS||Sally Flocks of the Atlanta-based pedestrian advocacy group PEDS joins the podcast this week to talk about Atlanta, pedestrian advocacy and strategies for making places more walkable.||6/12/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Show 176: Nate Hood on CNU 22||Nate Hood, Strong Towns contributor and NextGen chair, joins Chuck to talk about the upcoming events at CNU 22 in Buffalo. More information: Schedule: http://cnunextgen.wordpress.com/2014/05/14/download-next-gen-11-schedule/ What You Need To Know: http://cnunextgen.wordpress.com/2014/05/14/download-next-gen-11-schedule/ Facebook is: https://www.facebook.com/CNUNextGen Twitter is: https://twitter.com/cnunextgen||5/29/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Show 175: Chuck on Transit||Chuck goes solo this week on the podcast talking about Strong Towns happenings at CNU 22 and his thoughts on transit following comments he made recently in San Antonio.||5/22/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Show 174: Memphis Boot Camp||Chuck Marohn and Gracen Johnson talk about the Memphis Boot Camp.||5/15/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Show 173: Another Place for Chuck||Gracen Johnson of Another Place for Me is in the studio for this week’s podcast with Chuck Marohn talking about Brainerd, MN, and whether we ultimately need Another Place for Chuck.||5/8/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Show 172: CNU 22 Preview||This week we preview CNU 22 in Buffalo with two members of the host committee, Chuck Banas and Chris Hawley. You can register for CNU on the congress website. Strong Towns will have a large presence at CNU this year, with podcast interviews, members meetups and we kick it off with a mini Boot Camp. We hope to see you there.||5/1/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Show 171: Kristin Green of Verdunity||We are really proud to be associated with some amazing people who are working hard to advance the principles of Strong Towns in their chosen profession. This week on the podcast we have a conversation with Kristin Green, the dynamic and visionary leader of the Texas-based engineering firm, Verdunity. Kristin and her colleagues brought the Strong Towns Curbside Chat to the Dallas area earlier this year and, in partnership with them, we are planning a return trip this October. They are pioneers in their field and it is a real pleasure to be able to share this conversation with you. Verdunity combines the concepts of “green” (verde) with community in an effort to restore the balance between urban and natural systems and create long term prosperity for the communities they work with. They are a sponsor of Strong Towns and we are grateful for their ongoing support and their pioneering approach. Our mission is to support a model of growth that allows America’s cities, towns and neighborhoods become financially strong and resilient. If you are an organization doing compelling work consistent with the principles of Strong Towns and would be interested in supporting our efforts to build a stronger America, please contact our Executive Director, Jim Kumon, to discuss ways we can potentially work together.||4/17/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Show 170: Julie Flynn on the Mercados Project||This week Julie Flynn of the Street Plans Collaborative joins Chuck Marohn to talk about her latest publication, Mercado: Lessons from 20 Markets Across South America.||4/10/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Show 169: Mike Lydon||Mike Lydon of Street Plans Collaborative talks about his Tactical Urbanism, his unique career path and what life is like on a bike in New York City.||4/3/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Show 168: Marohn on Transportation||Andrew Burleson interviews our own Chuck Marohn in studio on transportation and how we transition from a system that emphasizes building new to one that maintains key systems over time.||3/27/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Show 167: Catching up with Chuck Marohn||Andrew Burleson visits Brainerd and sits down in studio to interview Chuck Marohn and find out where he's been (and where the Strong Towns podcast has been). A podcast short with a longer episode on transportation to follow tomorrow.||3/26/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Show 166: Lou Huang on Code for America||This week Code for America fellow Lou Huang joins us to talk about the organization and their popular application, Streetmix. You can contact Lou through his website LouHuang.com.||2/20/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Show 165: James Howard Kunstler||Author and commentator James Howard Kunstler joins the podcast this week to talk about the economy, Federal Reserve interventions and the impact to local communities. Jim also provides an update on his new book, the third installment of the World Made by Hand series. The book, A History of the Future, is scheduled for a September 2014 release. You can follow Jim, read his blog and find all of his books on his website at Kunstler.com.||2/6/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Show 164: Rick Rybeck on Value Capture||Attorney and job creation, transportation efficiency and economic development expert Rick Rybeck joins Chuck Marohn to talk about taxes, fees and creating incentives for a better land use approach. You can find out more about Rick and his work at www.justeconomicsllc.com.||1/30/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Show 163: The Hunger Games||Gracen Johnson from Another Place for Me talks with Chuck Marohn about The Hunger Games series and how the insights apply to Strong Towns thinking.||1/23/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Show 162: Update from Jim Kumon||Strong Towns Executive Director Jim Kumon joins Chuck Marohn this week to look back at 2013 and provide a preview of what's coming up for Strong Towns.||1/16/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Show 161: Conversation with a Mayor||Chuck appeared on Tri-State Viewpoint, a radio show out of Huntington, WV, and shared audio and reactions from his conversation with two confused, and thankfully former, mayors.||1/9/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Show 160: Eli Damon||Cycling advocate Eli Damon is back on the podcast to update us on his||12/19/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Show 159: Dean Klinkenberg||Mississippi traveler and author Dean Klinkenberg is the guest on this week's podcast. Dean has spent many years traveling the Mississippi river and he provides his insights, assessments and thoughts for the future of this important waterway. You can follow Dean's work on his blog at mississippivalleytraveler.com. Dean Klinkenberg has written the Mississippi Valley Traveler series, which currently includes three books that cover portions of four states along the Mississippi River (Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota). The Quad Cities Travel Guide, released in June 2009, has 128 pages of detail on the cities of Bettendorf, Davenport, Rock Island, Moline, East Moline, Hampton, Pleasant Valley, and Riverdale, plus a separate section on Arsenal Island. The Lansing to LeClaire Travel Guide was released in November, 2009. The 360-page book has detailed information for 47 historic communities like McGregor/Marquette and Dubuque, Iowa, plus Galena, Illinois and Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. The Driftless Area: Along the Mississippi River from Hastings, Minnesota to Lansing, Iowa and has 376 pages of local history with listings of attractions, restaurants, and places to stay for 54 communities like Red Wing, Wabasha, and Winona in Minnesota, La Crosse, Trempealeau, and Alma in Wisconsin, and the villages around Lake Pepin. These books and more can be purchased directly from the Mississippi River Traveler site.||12/2/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Show 158: Neighborhoods First||Chuck Marohn and Justin Burslie discuss A Better Brainerd their recent report titled Neighborhoods First.||11/22/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Show 157: Don't be stupid||Inspired by a pimped out roundabout in a Wisconsin cornfield, Chuck calls on the engineering profession to do something radical: engineer. And please support us during our membership drive by becoming a member of Strong Towns.||11/11/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Show 156: John Dominic Crossan||Scholar and author John Dominic Crossan joins Chuck Marohn to talk about the study of the historical Jesus, his books The Power of Parable and The Greatest Prayer and what the teachings of Jesus have to teach us about community today.||10/24/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Show 155: Economic Gardening with Chris Gibbons||Special guest Chris Gibbons talks about Economic Gardening, the early days of success and failure in Littleton, CO, the nationwide movement today and how to get involved. This is a far reaching conversation that demonstrates why the smart money in local economic development is in Economic Gardening. The Edward Lowe Foundation's Economic Gardening site Chris Gibbons on Twitter and LinkedIn Economic Gardening Google Group (news and updates) Email Jessica Nelson at the Lowe Foundation Email Chris Gibbons for more information||10/10/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Show 154: Leigh Gallagher||Author of The End of the Suburbs: Where the American Dream is Moving, Leigh Gallagher, joins Chuck Marohn this week to talk about her book, her research and the reaction to her insights on America's post World War II development pattern.||10/3/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Show 153: Steve Mouzon||This week on the podcast, Chuck interviews Original Green Steve Mouzon about his new book, New Media for Designers + Builders. Released today, the book explores the new and old media and provides the individual or small organization critical advice for how to project ideas into the modern marketplace. You can get a copy of New Media for Designers + Builders here. As you would expect from Steve, the book is beautifully written and illustrated. It is an easy read, yet has a ton of depth and insight. New Media for Designers + Builders is thick with content and, for those wanting more, Steve has set up a website full of extras that you can dive into with a simple click. A pure pleasure. And surprisingly (or perhaps not surprisingly), Steve’s Original Green philosophy shines through and applies quite nicely to the realm of media and communications. While it was not his objective to write “original green for marketing,” Steve shows how simple, genuine and persistent rues the day over slick, packaged and ubiquitous. If you’re struggling with a marketing/advertising budget that is not getting you the results you are paying for, New Media for Designers + Builders will help you understand why. And it will also show you what to do about it. At Strong Towns, we’re generally considered pretty decent at this whole new media thing. Well, I learned a ton from this book and am already working to improve our approach here and accelerate the spread of the Strong Towns movement. Congratulations to one of our good friends, Steve Mouzon, on this accomplishment. His work continues to break down barriers and make the world a better place.||9/27/13||Free||View In iTunes|
I highly recommend the Strong Towns Podcast for any urban planner, developer, city councilor, planning commissioner or anyone just interest in the strength and vitality of our American places.
great insights into making your community stronger
History lessons, trends, opinion, analysis -- Strong Towns offers a tremendous amount of information in plain, everyday language.
Worth a listen!
I stumbled on the Strong Towns Blog/podcast a few months ago, and I'm so glad I did. Chuck has a very interesting view that blends new urbanism with fiscal discipline for towns and small communities (and cities for that matter). His message will challenge your beliefs about our built environment, but don't be surprised if your view of the future is changed. In my opinion, a change for the better.