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The Strong Towns Book Club
The Strong Towns Book Club

Important note: We have paused new book club content for the foreseeable future as, due to the coronavirus, we shift our focus to virtual presentations. However, we encourage you to still use this page to discuss your favorite passages from the book, as you'd like. Thanks for your understanding and we look forward to resuming the usual content schedule later this year. 

Join the Strong Towns Book Club to discuss your favorite chapters from the Strong Towns book, Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity   

The Strong Towns staff—including author Charles L. Marohn, Jr.—will spend February 2020 prompting discussions and responding to questions about chapter three in the following section: However, we also encourage you to start your own discussions, as well! 

You'll also find activities, such as Ask the Author, to give you a deeper look into chapter three

Want to ask a question or start a discussion about a different chapter other than one or two? Fantastic! Click the corresponding chapter in the Subtopics menu to share it and, while you're there, check out the referenced materials and activities scheduled for the coming months. 

Thanks for joining the Strong Towns Book Club!

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Passages from the book for Elected officials.

Howdy Everyone,   Our town is gearing up for the next mayoral election cycle. We'd like to provide a copy of the book to each candidate. We assume most won't read the whole book. I'm looking for 4-8 passages to highlight and flag for them. Any suggestions?

Print a List of Discussion Questions for Chapter Three Created by the Strong Towns Staff

Interested in creating a Strong Towns book club for your own community? Click the following link to download the discussion list for chapter three to help guide the discussion:


My wife and I live in an old mill village that has seen some revitalization efforts over the past 17 years. We love the idea of housing and community and used to sit on our front porch and talk about buying the home across the street should those neighbors ever want to sell. Long story short, we ended up buying the property and renovating the detached garage apartment into a 651sq ft. ADU. Although small, it provides an additional housing unit and an affordable option for the current tenants. Our town has a long way to go, but its the... (More)

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. 
There are tools and predictable software that will aid in a planning process. If these aren’t used, one is setting themselves and the community up for failure.

There are examples of this all throughout the US and I’m sure nationally.