The Nonprofit Strong Towns Will Soon Host Its First-Ever National Summit Here in Tulsa
Our guest on ST is Chuck Marohn, an engineer based in Minnesota and member of the American Institute of Certified Planners. He's also the founder and president of Strong Towns, a nationwide media nonprofit that, per its website, supports "a model of development that allows America's cities, towns, and neighborhoods to become financially strong and resilient. For the United States to be a prosperous country, it must have strong cities, towns, and neighborhoods. Enduring prosperity for our communities cannot be artificially created from the outside but must be built from within, incrementally over time." Later this week, starting on Thursday the 30th, Strong Towns will host its first-ever national summit right here in Tulsa. This event is called "America's Next Transportation System: Transforming More While Spending Less," and will argue that current land-use and transportation patterns across the U.S. are actually bankrupting our cities. But, as Marohn explains on our show today, a more productive model for prosperity is possible. And it's basically a matter of how we think about development, he says; we as a society need to change our development strategy from focusing on continuous expansion to placing the maintenance and maximization of existing infrastructure at the top of our list of priorities.