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Public Engagement
Public Engagement

Most public engagement is worthless. Attend any public engagement session and you hear the same public policy questions, missing the actual experiences of the people they wish to serve. 

At Strong Towns, we believe cities must humbly observe where people struggle. And, instead of crossing off another item on the traditional public policy questionnaire, address those struggles incrementally.

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Jordan van der Hagen
Duluth Waterfront Collective Co-Founder, Landscape Designer

Growing Grassroots Support for a "Freeways to Parkways" Campaign.

Hi everyone - I'm new to this community, but was hoping to glean some advice from you all regarding the process of building grassroots support. I'm in a group which has put together a "freeways to parkways" concept for I-35... (More)

Andy Malone
Senior Construction Project Manager

Union Labor blocks volunteers

We have a local public park that needs a ton of maintenance. I'm trying to put a group together to make some improvements but was told that Union rules prevent citizens from doing work on local public parks. The theory... (More)

Creative ideas for public engagement in the time of COVID?

Tualatin, Oregon is embarking upon a refresh of the housing element to its Comprehensive Plan. In the Before Times, one of the most effective means for public engagement was to have a booth at an existing community event (e.g. summer... (More)

David G
Founder, Plan Together Community Map Platform

Discuss and Plan your Community on a Collaborative Map


I am long-time reader of Strong Towns, and I was suggested on Twitter to post here about my new tool.

I have recently finished the first version of Plan Together; a website which allows citizens to discuss and... (More)