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Ask the Author #1
Ask the Author #1

Throughout January 2019, submit your questions about chapters one and two that you'd like the author, Strong Towns president and founder Charles L. Marohn, Jr. to answer in a live webinar on Thursday, January 30 at 12pm CST.

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They don't make 'em like they used to.

I'm an architect in Maryland. On the edge of my town an old reservoir and pumping station. As I was walking by the old pumping station, likely built around the turn of the century (20th, not 21st) I couldn't help but notice the quality of the old pumping station that has all but been abandoned except for storage of some odd landscaping equipment. It's a large brick building with brick arch headers, limestone window sills, slate shingle roofing with copper snow guards and half round gutters, a copper cupola and some nice brick details. I can just imagine what that... (More)

Ask the Author: Chapters One and Two

Throughout January, as we discussed concepts from chapters one and two of the Strong Towns book, Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity, readers submitted their most pressing questions for our first Ask the Author: a monthly webinar where author and president of Strong Towns @Charles Marohn answers your most pressing questions from each chapter of the book.

In this webinar—Ask the Author: Chapters One and Two—author Charles Marohn answers the following questions:

  • Chapters 1 & 2 of the Strong Towns book slay two sacred cows of the American suburb: 1) You can have it all without... (More)

Get people a copy of my book, because that's what I'm trying to communicate. Or just refer them to www.strongtowns.org45 and hopefully we can hook them into the conversation. I'm only half joking -- communicating the tradeoffs is what we're trying to do. It's what we're set up to do.

I think your question is more getting at systems and structures (correct me if I'm wrong on that), in which case I think subsidiarity becomes a critical part of the answer. When people re shielded from the impact of their own decisions, they don't have to wrestle with them as... (More)

Paul CorderStrong Towns Member
City of Lebanon, TN Planning Director

I am not a developer either but a City Planner. I use this number to see what parts of town are under preforming.

In one section on Main Street a lot of the improvement values are less than the Land Value. For example one has a 7,500 sqft building on it with an improvement value of $140,100 and a land value of $272,500.

This area is zoned for Commercial only. As an Urban Planner I recognize that this is a location that is not zoned correctly. Placing a more flexible zoning district on the land that would allow for... (More)