Friends of mine know that I love talking and complaining about American urban development philosophy. Strong Towns is a non-profit that has written about the fragility and risks of the dominate structural growth philosophy underlying many American cities and towns. Unfortunately, the blog isn’t super well structured—in my opinion—and has many ideas that are difficult to distill into a cohesive argument.
Strong Towns, the book, fixes this. It tells the story of American development, focusing on the suburban expansionary post-WW2 period, and how we’ve failed ourselves. At times, it’s bleak: what if Detroit and Ferguson are not unique, but just early?
If you’re into city planning, development, and thoughtful growth, I highly recommend this book.