Presentation to take to City Councils / City Planners?

Eva H

Hi! I recently discovered Strong Towns, and I think these concepts are needed in my area. I am a regular old citizen with no experience whatsoever in civil engineering, city planning, etc, but I feel like it's urgent to get this message out there. 

I would love to take some sort of presentation to local city and even county decision-makers that could give them a run-down of these principles, and a practical way to apply them. (If they will let me, of course.) However, like I said, I am not a traffic engineer. I could muddle my way through creating a presentation of the principles as I understand them, but I also want the information to be actually practical and based on data, rather than just my idealistic dreams.

So... I suppose my question(s) are:
-Is there a presentation resource like this already out there?

-If not, could one be created, or would anyone be interested in collaborating on it? I'll probably start muddling through on my own just for fun, but in order for it to be effective I would really like the contributions of others than myself. ^^



  • Comment author
    Charles Marohn
    • Official comment

    Welcome! Glad you found us.

    If you are talking about a presentation you can share, there are some options.

    For a quick introduction, the Not Just Bikes intro to Strong Towns video is great. The entire series is great, but that intro video is bite sized.

    There are also a recent-ish TEDx talk that is in that short format TED uses, as well as dozens of presentations that have been recorded over the years (here's a good one).

    We also made the Strong Towns 101 course on the Academy site ( a high level overview for people just getting to know Strong Towns. It's totally free and very sharable.

    Thank you for sharing our message with others. It is literally the most important thing people can do to make our cities stronger and more prosperous.

  • Comment author
    Eric Thompson
    • Edited

    One of my ideas for my city council is to film a walk to the nearest commercial zone, followed by the nearest grocery store (that sells meat and produce!), to demonstrate not just how time-consuming the endeavor is, but also how dangerous it is too. 30 minutes to the commercial zone, 30+ more to the store. And some arterial roads have no sidewalks 😬

    With some video editing magic I'll add some content and turn that into a presentation 😉


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