Topic: Local resiliency


How Great Streets Revitalized Downtown Austin, Texas

Project Great Streets chronicles how the city of Austin, Texas, revitalized their once dying downtown by reclaiming its public realm for people and rebuilding its downtown grid as walkable and livable great streets.

April 7, 2017

How Much Are Drivers Willing to Pay to Save Travel Time?

Forget those hypothetical surveys. Nothing speaks louder than when one has to put money where the mouth is.

March 5, 2017

Help For Land?

Faced with a declining local population and inability to get help for their store, two sisters in a tiny town on Cape Breton Island in Canada, came up with an idea to attract people to their town.

December 21, 2016

Vancouver’s Multi-Modal Success Story

Vancouver’s multi-modal success story – achieving a 50% sustainable mode share of bike, walk and transit, four years earlier than its goal – is demarcated by three seminal events in urban planning and spacing making.

December 6, 2016

6 Ways Municipalities Can Provide Affordable Space to Make Local Businesses Thrive

A recent report highlights the threat of escalating rents to small local businesses vital to a resilient community and ways a municipal government can help mitigate it.

April 30, 2016

Nicole Foss: Community Resilience in a Century of Challenges

Nicole Foss, co-editor of Automatic Earth, outlines eloquently in this video the dynamics when the economy shifts from an expanding to a contracting phase. The key message is that as the economy becomes contracting and depressive, many institutions and …

March 19, 2016

Dealing with Auto Traffic Congestion

This Strong Town article draws an identical analogy between a natural watershed and our road system. The same principle of flood control applies to both.

November 18, 2015

The Myth of Users Pay Highways and Roads

The first and necessary step towards a rational re-thinking of our transportation priorities involves the dispelling of the long held and common myth that drivers pay for the full cost of the roads they drive on.

September 30, 2015

8 Essential Elements of an Attractive Urban Place

The lost art of urban design and the essential elements that make an urban place attractive, as ‘re-discovered’ in this dated video by a then pioneer of urban space design, are refreshingly and equally, if not even more so, applicable in today’s new towns and suburbs.

August 23, 2015

No Money Down – the Allure and Dangers Of Municipal Development Projects

Lured by no-money-down and an immediate boost in property tax revenue, a city often approves development projects which end up with negative returns down the road. This concept only becomes obvious after digging into the income and expenses over a lifecycle of a project.

May 25, 2015