August 4, 2023 | Strong Towns Nanaimo - Addressing Suburban Sprawl in Nanaimo

Norm Van Eeden Petersman
Norm Van Eeden Petersman
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Why are walkable streets more economically productive? 

The real reason your city has no money

And what happens when we regulate the wrong things?

Event Recording

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Supplemental Resources

Top 5 Resources: 

  • Our self-imposed scarcity of nice places (article)
  • We regulate the wrong things (article)
  • What to do when your city won't listen to reason (article)
  • We can have both more housing and good urban form (article
  • Strong Towns 101 (Academy Course, free)

Incremental Development

  • Unleash the Swarm of Small Scale Development (e-book) and Office Hours Q&A  
  • Where did all the small developers go? (article)
  • Savor your small parcels and create more of them (article)
  • A new generation of town makers (article)
  • We need small homes (article)
  • Illustrating investment potential in your neighborhood (article)
  • Is gentle density enough? (article)
  • Lets infill a traditional neighborhood and make a profit (article)
  • Encouraging fine grained development (article)
  • Getting lean and the end of block development (article)
  • On beyond infill (article)

Municipal Government Action

  • Have you met this guy? (article)
  • If we're not going to maintain what we have, then why bother building anything new? (article
  • Give the people what they want (article)
  • Kick the tires on your local zoning code (article
  • You care about the subdivision regulations: you just don't know it (article)
  • Stop shoehorning suburbia into walkable places (article)
  • Why aren't parks open at night? (article)
  • Grand parks vs neighborhood parks (article)
  • 10 steps to fix your city (article)
  • If we don't maintain it, it will fall apart (article)
  • Orderly but dumb (article)
  • Small, simple, and flexible (article
  • Let them apply for variances (article)
  • Conversations with an engineer (article)
  • How zoning codes reinforce car dependency (article)
  • We regulate the wrong things (article)
  • What to do when your city won't listen to reason (article)

Traditional Development Pattern

  • Is this development out of scale? (article)
  • We can have both more housing and good urban form (article
  • Porches, walkability, and sustainability (article)
  • The party analogy (article
  • Neighborhoods were never meant to be unchanging (article
  • Movie set urbanism revisited (article)
  • Recipe for a remarkable neighborhood (article)
  • The catch 22 of retrofitting the suburbs (article)
  • Learning to love a humble neighborhood (article)
  • The living city vs the mechanical city (article)
  • The invisible hand that designed your city (article)
  • 3 Rochester neighborhoods and why they work (article)
  • Better towns through stress (article)
  • The value of old buildings (article)
  • Small spaces and secret passages (article)
  • Good enough urbanism (article)
  • Traditional development is not retro: it's timeless (article)
  • Our self-imposed scarcity of nice places (article)


  • There are problems the market can't solve: parking isn't one of them (article)
  • Stuck in Park (e-book)


  • 8 ways to be a better neighborhood (article)
  • The magic of tree lined streets (article)
  • Accidentally on purpose (article)

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