Chuck Marohn of Strong Towns City Voice Podcast 054

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Ever heard of an organization called Strong Towns before?

At first glance, you might hear the name and think it’s an organization that comes to town and promotes fitness.

Strong Towns is about Urban Planning, Place Making, and Transportation. However, it needs to be said that if you think that’s it… you are missing their bigger point.

First, let’s discuss what being strong is. In my estimation, in order to be strong, you must first have a certain baseline of health. You probably wouldn’t run a marathon or spend much time at CrossFit if you were sick or had ailments dragging you down.

The smart way to approach that would be to get healthy before intense training or running a marathon.

In my opinion, that’s what my guest Chuck Marohn (an engineer and urban planner with Strong Towns) seems to be saying. Let’s get your town healthy. Rather than jump right into the high energy or in the context of your town huge project high expense project let’s be incremental. Let’s think about what happens 5-10-15-50 years after the amazing project is done and deemed a success.  Let’s walk a couple blocks or maybe a mile every night and do some training before we commit to the marathon tomorrow.

Pretty much all metaphors are imperfect on some level and I’m sure my physical municipal metaphor falls into that category. I do what I can.

You might be asking yourself which towns according to Strong towns need to create that baseline of health in order to be a “Strong Town”.

If I hear Chuck Marohn of Strong Towns correctly. He means your town. He means my town. He means most all towns.

As I hear it, he means we stopped doing what works a few decades ago and the way back to being a strong town is to stop doing what we’re doing now.

He doesn’t mean stop doing, stop improving, he means look at it this way.

Have a listen and form your own opinion.

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Meet Grandview Public Market City Voice Podcast 053

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The Grandview Public Market will Open Its Doors to the Public on Tuesday, February 20.

The repurposed 14,000 square foot warehouse, 14,000 square will provide dining and shopping
from local and national purveyors with 15 vendors and serve as a unique event space.

GPM is similar to NYC’s Chelsea Market and Krog Street Market in
Atlanta.

Owner, Chris Vila saw the need for a modern market hall – a gathering spot for locals and visitors – which simply did not exist
in Palm Beach County. While the concept of a communal market is not new, it’s the first of its kind in the area.

Chris’ wife and business partner Kristen Vila oversaw the interior design at GPM. “While it was essential that
each space has its own identity, it was equally important that the market feel cohesive as a whole. I wanted
GPM to have a sophisticated and playful feel within the industrial setting and that the overall vibe is inviting,
clean and bright,” says Kristen.
The 11 independent vendors are a mix of established local brands with loyal followings, including three concepts
from nationally recognized New York-based hospitality company, Three Kings Restaurant Group, comprised of
Top Chef alum Dale Talde, and his partners David Massoni and John Bush. The Three Kings will open Clare’s,
a premier chicken joint which will also fulfill the market’s bar needs providing beer, wine and craft cocktail service,
as well as The Corner, a Detroit-style pizza spot.
Additional vendors will include Celis Produce, a boutique farm-to-table grocer specializing in organic breakfast
bowls, smoothies, cold-pressed juices and organic produce; Olive Oil of the World, importers of specialty Italian
products; Grace’s Fine Foods, a full-service hormone-free butcher offering an array of heritage breed meats, as
well as daily fresh sausage and sandwiches; and Rabbit Coffee, serving cold brew coffee, espresso drinks, teas,
bagels and bialys every morning. Filling out the line-up of culinary brands are Crema, purveyors of natural rolled
ice cream; Poké Lab eatery, using premium sustainable, seasonal and natural ingredients in Hawaiian-inspired
poké and sushi-burritos; Zipitios, serving quick bites including tacos and pupusas; and Incubator, a rotating popup
showcasing local talent which will debut with Ramen Lab Eatery, a Japanese ramen laboratory. Quinn will
feature a curated selection of home goods and unique products.
Located within the GPM footprint, The Loading Dock and The Living Room – the first outdoor, the second
indoor – welcome guests to grab a seat, dine, imbibe, hang with friends, check e-mail with free high-speed Wi-
Fi, and meet and mingle. Both spots will double as unique event spaces, perfect for formal or informal
networkers, private parties, meetings, and luncheons.
In addition to the culinary and shopping offerings at GPM, Studios Etc., a unique and collection boutique fitness studios founded by local fitness enthusiast and business owner Jacquelyn Quesada. 
GPM will host weekly programming, with the focus on the community.

This will include live music on the weekends, game night, a farmer’s market with Lox Farms on
Wednesday evenings, wine tastings and movie nights.
GPM is located at 1401 Clare Avenue and will be open daily from 7:00 am to 10:30 pm Classes at Studios ETC.
will run daily between the hours of 6:00 AM and 7:30 PM. For more information,
visit www.grandviewpublic.com.

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