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Safe Streets

The Strong Towns #slowthecars campaign is about the need to recognize that we can make our streets safer—and more productive—by slowing down traffic and focusing on the place. We need to build efficient roads (connections between productive places) and productive streets (platforms for wealth creation) and eliminate stroads (street/road hybrid, the futon of transportation).

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Street Trees!

Our block in Cabbagetown, Atlanta has become an important North/South thoroughfare for cars. We're seeing more volume -- and more speeding cars -- at the same time as our neighborhood welcomes more pedestrians, including toddlers. And our sidewalk has almost no curb...cars routinely drive onto it as if it's part of the road. Inspired by Strong Towns, neighbors came together and lobbied Trees Atlanta to line our sidewalk with Trident Maples. The trees are young now, but will provide protection to pedestrians (along with beauty, shade and storm water absorption) for years to come. Thank you for activating us, Strong... (More)

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Safe Streets

Working with “demand trails”

I haven’t seen this topic discussed here yet (apologies if I’ve missed it), and I’m curious how the Strong Towns community works with it.

Demand trails are where public lawns get worn down due to frequent pedestrian use. They’re so-called because there where the public “demands” a trail, in the supply-and-demand sense, but the city hasn’t supplied one.

There are a few chronic demand trails in my community. Here’s a photo of one I took recently:

Since you can’t see everything from just the photo, here’s context: I’m standing on a multi-use path. Behind me is a neighborhood. In front... (More)

Suzanne Maeder's answer contains good information. You should be specific or you may not get an answer, or have to pay for a lot of information you don't really want. From there it gets complicated and the attorneys get involved.
The Michigan Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments on March 5 on whether charter designated city officials can keep information from the public by simply not ever providing them to the city council for deliberation even though the costs required to create the records were billed to and paid by the city. The city won in the lower courts and... (More)

Paul CorderStrong Towns Member
City of Lebanon, TN Planning Director

Each state is different but we handle FOIA requests all the time. The FOIA system in our state is set up to provide public access to existing documents or digital files. We are not required to create any new documents with this kind of request. This means you have to be careful how you ask for information. If someone ask for a map of all the oak trees in town, for example, we would just have to respond that we do not have that document and that would be the end of it. Maybe ask for "the crash reports for... (More)