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The Curbside Chat: Charles Marohn of Strong Towns on Building Better Places

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Hillsdale College Kirby Center

227 Massachusetts Avenue Northeast

Washington, DC 20002

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How can our towns get stronger—not weaker—when our economy changes? How can we repopulate our empty streets and empty storefronts? What can we learn from the earliest days of city building about building better places tomorrow? And how can active citizens, local officials, and ordinary people make it happen today, no matter how badly we’re starting off? This presentation is your opportunity to hear Strong Towns’ answers to these questions, and to participate in a community-specific discussion about how the Strong Towns approach can improve Washington, DC and cities like it.

All are welcome to join a reception at 5:00pm, immediately preceding the talk.

About Charles Marohn:

Known as "Chuck" to friends and colleagues – Marohn is the founder and president of Strong Towns. Chuck is a Professional Engineer (PE) licensed in the State of Minnesota and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). He has a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota's Institute of Technology and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota's Humphrey Institute. He is the author of Thoughts on Building Strong Towns Volumes 1 and II, as well as A World Class Transportation System. He hosts the Strong Towns Podcast and is a primary writer for Strong Towns’ web content. He has spoken in dozens of towns and cities across North America, and speaks regularly for diverse audiences and venues.

About Strong Towns:

Strong Towns is a national media organization whose mission is to advocate for a model of development that allows America's cities, towns and neighborhoods to grow financially strong and resilient. Strong Towns reaches an audience of more than 80,000 readers and listeners per month, and has over 1,600 members. Learn more at http://www.strongtowns.org

About The American Conservative:

The American Conservative seeks to advance a "Main Street" conservatism that in domestic affairs promotes the flourishing of families and communities, and in foreign affairs puts America's interests first. As part of its commitment to restoring strong neighborhoods, TAC has undertaken a publishing initiative to shine a light on community revitalization efforts across the country. You can read more about TAC's New Urbanism initiative at http://www.theamericanconservative.com/urbs/.

About the Congress for the New Urbanism:

The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) helps create vibrant and walkable cities, towns, and neighborhoods where people have diverse choices for how they live, work, shop, and get around. People want to live in well-designed places that are unique and authentic. CNU's mission is to help build those places. With seventeen local and state chapters and offices in Chicago, IL and Washington, DC, CNU works to unite the New Urbanist movement. Our projects and campaigns serve to empower our members' efforts, identify policy opportunities, spread great ideas and innovative work to a national audience, and catalyze new strategies for implementing policy through design approaches. CNU is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.


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