In this episode, we welcome back Chuck Marohn, Founder and President of Strong Towns, to talk about some of the themes from his brand-new book Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity.Here's a sampling of what Chuck and Verdunity's Kevin Shepherd talk about in this show:What Chuck says when people ask him “okay, well what specifically should we do?”What the role of the professional class is in generating cities that can’t pay for their growthWhat it means for cities to do a comprehensive plan or a zoning code in a way that is consistent with Strong Towns thinking (and how Chuck’s thinking is still evolving on that issue)The importance of feedback loops and what those should look like for city staffHow Chuck responds to the criticism that sometimes the incremental approach doesn’t work when you’re trying to build large-scale systemsDon't forget to pick up a copy of Chuck's book, and also make sure to check out all three of their fantastic podcast streams: The Strong Towns Podcast, Upzoned, and It's the Little Things.--The Go Cultivate! podcast is a project of Verdunity. Find more about this and other episodes (and our blog) at can also find us on social media. Facebook / Twitter / LinkedInAnd if you haven't yet, sign up for our weekly email digest. It's not lame! (Each week we collectively curate a list of the things we read that caught our attention. Then we hand-package your copy, spank a first-class stamp on that baby, and drop it right in your email inbox.) Sign up here!Join us (and your peers!) in the Community Cultivators Network.--(Music in this episode is from Custodian of Records & Coleman Hawkins.)
Charles Marohn joins Michael Hendrix to discuss why the current approach to suburban development isn't working—the subject of his new book, Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity. "Strong Towns," notes Aaron Renn in his review of the book for City Journal, "resulted from [Marohn's] discovery that the highway projects he designed showed a negative return on investment." Marohn has dedicated his career to helping the country's older suburbs avoid such costly mistakes by founding the book's namesake organization, Strong Towns. "Whether or not one agrees with his many observations and prescriptions," Renn writes, "Marohn provides a valuable analysis of sprawl-based development."
This is a special mash-up edition of the It’s the Little Things podcast and Strong Towns podcast!  In this episode, Jacob Moses, host of It’s the Little Things, and Strong Towns president Chuck Marohn discuss a couple of Jacob’s favorite chapters from Chuck’s brand new book, Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity, which just released yesterday.  Jacob and Chuck reflect on the moments throughout Chuck’s life that inspired the Strong Towns movement, including the fist bump that began Chuck’s long friendship and collaboration with Joe Minicozzi of Urban3. Jacob and Chuck also discuss what we can learn from our forebears about productivity (as opposed to merely “growth”) and why communities need to make maintenance an obsession. They go on to talk about the importance of observation, a practice given too little attention among professional engineers and planners, but which seems to be a common characteristic of people who really love their places. As Chuck puts it: “The merging of places that are healthy and strong financially, and places that are healthy and strong from a human standpoint, is the exact nexus that the Strong Towns approach is designed to get us to.”
Chuck Marohn is the Founder and President of Strong Towns, an international movement that’s dedicated to making communities across the United States and Canada financially strong and resilient. He Skyped in from Minnesota to talk about hot topics in Bloomington-Normal. We start with a brief orientation to Strong Towns (2:20), then we chat about approaches for connectivity and infill (8:45), downtown/uptown revitalization (20:15), Connect Transit (35:20), and next steps for the Arena and Eastland Mall (53:20). Find out more at and the Strong Towns Podcast. At the website you can preorder “Strong Towns: The Book” and see what events are scheduled, including the upcoming book tour. On the topic of transit, Chuck recommends “Human Transit” by Jarrett Walker.   Thank you to our sponsors Play Normal E-Sports Normal Gadgets Lil’ Beaver Brewery   Music: “Extremes” by The Lemming Shepherds, public domain
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