Charles L. Marohn, Jr. PE AICP is a licensed civil engineer, a land use planner, author, broadcaster and influential thinker.
Chuck's passion is working with cities and towns on issues of economic development, land use and engineering - particularly those places that are seeking answers as to why the standard orthodoxy has failed to create prosperity for them.
America's approach to growth has transformed cities rich in history, ingenuity and character into places that are financially fragile and socially frayed. Chuck works to restore the greatness of our cities and towns by reconnecting these places with their historical development pattern. America needs to bring back the basic principles of financial resiliency and the importance of community in the measure of prosperity.
Strong Towns is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that advocates for changes in the American development pattern.
America's current approach to growth emphasizes investments in new infrastructure to serve or induce new development. This approach uses public dollars inefficiently, destructively subsidizes one type of development over another and leaves massive maintenance liabilities to future generations.
A Strong Town approach emphasizes obtaining a higher return on existing infrastructure investments. We can no longer simply disregard old investments in favor of new, but instead we need to focus on making better use of that which we are already committed to publicly maintain.
Community Growth Institute works with America's small towns and rural areas to help them become strong towns.
America's approach to rural growth and development is bankrupting us all, destroying the vital character of our small towns, damaging the natural environment, creating unnecessary layers of government regulation and actually stifling growth and development.
Community Growth Institute advocates a different approach to planning our small towns and rural areas that is based on the concept of building strong towns - communities that are financially solvent along with being socially and economically vibrant.
Feedback on Charles Marohn:
This puts it all together. Like all the best things I have ever read, the strong towns message clarifies my own thinking. Thank you for that.
This approach could solve most of our problems and set a course for the next century, carrying a message that can save America one town, city, and rural community at a time... from the bottom up rather than from Washington DC down.
As a councilman in a small city your podcast and blog are invaluable jumping off points in exploring how to preserve the resilient, financially-responsible, family-friendly community we want to remain.
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