Strong Towns "Curbside Chat"

Charles Marohn, PE, AICP
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NDDC presents Strong Towns’ Curbside Chat

PLAN TO ATTEND!  The NDDC has invited the Strong Towns organization to Northfield for one of their “Curbside Chats”.  The event will be held on Monday, February 17, 5:30-7:30 pm, in the Archer House Riverview Conference Room on the lower level.  The Curbside Chats are designed with special attention to city officials and community leaders, but strong towns are built from the grassroots and your voices needed at this free event.

What’s a Curbside Chat? The Curbside Chat is a candid presentation followed by discussion with Strong Towns founder Charles Marohn on the future of America’s cities, towns and neighborhoods. Strong Towns is a Minnesota based non-profit organization helping America’s towns achieve financial strength and resiliency; Curbside Chats have been held around the nation to promote complete understanding of costs associated with growth and addressing those costs through productive change in our development pattern and helping local leaders’ transform their communities.

Curbside Chats zero in on three "big ideas" central to Strong Towns thinking:

1.    The current path cities are pursuing is not financially stable.

2.    The future for most cities will not resemble the recent past.

3.    The main determinant of future prosperity for cities will be local leaders’ ability to transform their communities.

Why is a Curbside Chat important?  Strong Towns proposes a new approach to growth emphasizing obtaining higher rates of return from existing infrastructure investments, full accounting for short and long-term financial obligations local governments have assumed for maintaining infrastructure and large-scale changes in local zoning regulations to streamline approval processes and provide the necessary regulatory flexibility within existing neighborhoods.

Who should attend?  Curbside Chats are tailored for localofficials and community members wanting to learn from case studies on America's development pattern and  participate in the conversation to help Northfield take control of its financial future and build a lively, sustainable community from the grassroots.



Ross Currier, NDDC executive director: or 507.663.0319

Betsey Buckheit, Strong Towns and NDDC board member:


Find out more about Strong Towns on the Web and Twitter @StrongTowns

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