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Chapters One and Two
Chapters One and Two

In this section, we invite you to share your thoughts, questions, and observations from chapters one and two of Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity

These chapters discuss how, over many centuries of testing and tinkering, we developed ways of building communities that best supported human flourishing. This was hard-won wisdom, the ever-evolving byproduct of an essentially infinite number of little experiments, developed in times of peace and war, abundance and scarcity, health and pestilence, stagnation and growth.

In addition, we encourage you to participate in several activities that will give you a deeper look into chapters one and two, including: 

Then, join us again to discuss chapter three starting February 1!

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I’m not an expert, but based on the experience I do have, I would say that if it’s assumed the success of failure is ultimately unpredictable, then one is basically taking too big of a risk.
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First Floor of Home Transformed into a Restaurant, Apartment.

In the early 1980s, my landlord and his wife purchased the building above: a three-story house in one of Denton's core neighborhoods. As my landlord has described to me, throughout the following decades, his wife always dreamed aloud of opening... (More)

Hey Thomas, great to hear from you and thanks so much for joining the Strong Towns Book Club! Chapters one and two discuss the complexity of human habitats and how—through trial and error—our ancestors learned that the most resilient places... (More)

From Pop-Up Shacks to (Incrementally) Growing Neighborhoods

In chapter two, @Charles Marohn shares a photo of Front Street in his hometown of Brainerd, Minnesota, from 1870. Showing a series of little pop-up shacks along a rail line, he describes it as the first of a series of... (More)