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John Pattison
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"The Strong Towns Approach"

The Strong Towns approach is not about telling you what to do, but instead how to think about what to do. The article outlines the six key components of a Strong Towns approach.

"The Strong Towns Approach to Public Investment"

The task of city-building must shift dramatically, from building more to making better use of what we already have. Strong Towns utilizes a radical yet simple four-step approach to public investment.

"The Standard Approach vs the Strong Towns Approach"

This simple chart compares the Strong Towns approach with the standard approach to growth and development.

"The Suburban Experiment vs. Traditional Development: 7 Key Differences"

The Strong Towns approach focuses on applying the traditional development pattern that has been used in towns and cities for thousands of years, instead of the suburban experiment, which has only been in use for eighty-odd years. Here's how to understand the difference between these approaches.

"Cities Are Complex. So Why Do We Treat Them Like They're Merely Complicated?"

One important piece of understand the Strong Towns approach is understanding the difference between complex and complicated systems. This article explores that difference.

"Failure Is an Option."

Failure is actually a really important part of building a strong town. This essay explains why.

"Strong Towns versus Conventional Thinking"

This table shows how your city's priorities must shift if you want to stop wasting money and start building real wealth for your community.

"6 Principles for Building a Strong Town"

From transportation and economic development, to city budgets and the role of citizens—here are six principles for building stronger and more prosperous places.

12 Ideas That Embody How Strong Towns Advocates Think

Here are some touchstone concepts that help underlie the Strong Towns view of how to achieve a world full of places capable of growing bottom-up prosperity


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