Posts by Urban3

The Cartography of Racism

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Redlining is a discriminatory practice that puts services (financial and otherwise) out of reach for residents of certain areas based on race or ethnicity. It created maps that reinforced systematic denial of mortgages, insurance, loans, and other financial services based on location (and that area’s default history) rather than on an individual’s qualifications and creditworthiness…. Continue Reading »

Growing Lasting Wealth in Cobb County

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Communities like Cobb County must address the problems that have plagued them from the outset by encouraging the style of development that produces true value per acre. Source: https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2018/8/7/growing-lasting-wealth-in-cobb-county

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70 years ago, these two historic cities were on a similar path. Then one fell into debt while the other was swimming in money. You might be surprised by what they each look like today. Source: https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2018/7/31/niagaras-fall-and-ashevilles-unlikely-rise

Seeing the Forest without the Trees

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The scale and value of what we’ve sacrificed in order to build parking lots and highways is staggering. Only by understanding that loss can we figure out how to build stronger towns. Source: https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2018/7/27/seeing-the-forest-without-the-trees

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Our maps visualize the shocking disparities in who is actually footing municipal bills in California. Source: https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2018/7/20/mapping-the-effects-of-californias-prop-13

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Our resident GeoAccountant™ holds a webcast with Strong Towns President Chuck Marohn. If you’re interested in learning more about our mapping process, look no further. Source: https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2018/7/11/breaking-down-atlantas-suburban-experiment

Farm Tax Follies

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Now, the story of a wealthy family who sold their farm and the developer who exploited an agricultural tax subsidy to keep it all together. Source: https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2018/7/6/when-a-farm-isnt-really-a-farm

How Property Taxes Shape Our Cities

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Taxation is a powerful planning tool, whether we want it to be or not. Source: https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2018/6/28/how-property-taxes-shape-our-cities

Why We Measure Land in Value Per Acre

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Let’s reframe the way we look at land. We don’t have to reinvent the wheel, we just have to use the development pattern that has proven itself to grow value over time. Source: https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2018/6/22/miles-per-gallon-tank-value-per-acre

The Other Affordable Housing Option

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In Minnesota, two cities made entirely of trailer homes show us a different model for affordable housing — one that’s been successfully operating for decades. Source: https://www.strongtowns.org/journal/2018/6/19/trailer-park-affordable-housing-manufactured

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