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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