Charles Marohn joins Michael Hendrix to discuss why the current approach to suburban development isn’t working—the subject of his new book, Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity.

“Strong Towns,” notes Aaron Renn in his review of the book for City Journal, “resulted from [Marohn’s] discovery that the highway projects he designed showed a negative return on investment.” Marohn has dedicated his career to helping the country’s older suburbs avoid such costly mistakes by founding the book’s namesake organization, Strong Towns. “Whether or not one agrees with his many observations and prescriptions,” Renn writes, “Marohn provides a valuable analysis of sprawl-based development.”

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  1. colleenb Member
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    I hope that America ‘rediscovers’ the many great big towns/small cities that are out there and that everyone won’t just live on the coasts. I think that some of the HGTV shows in Waco TX, Laurel MS, Indiannapolis may help this trend.

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  2. Snirtler Inactive
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    Excellent. City Journal’s 10 Blocks always has thought-provoking discussions.

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