STRONG TOWNS: A LETTER TO POTUS ON INFRASTRUCTURE

Charles Marohn writes the President on behalf of the Strong Towns Board of Directors and membership regarding a potential surge in federal infrastructure spending. Strong Towns has developed a unique understanding that allows it to speak with a level of clarity on this issue. Strong Towns' supporters have no financial interest in whether or not more federal money is spent on infrastructure; Strong Towns' mission is to advocate for ways those investments can make our cities stronger. by Charles Marohn

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STRONG TOWNS: FIVE WAYS FEDERAL INFRASTRUCTURE SPENDING MAKES CITIES POORER

STRONG TOWNS: FIVE WAYS FEDERAL INFRASTRUCTURE SPENDING MAKES CITIES POORER

The United States Congress seems poised to spend a trillion dollars or more on infrastructure in a bipartisan consensus to stimulate the economy. Without major changes in our approach, this spending is going to make our cities poorer, weaken our country and -- once the temporary stimulus has passed -- leave America in worse financial shape. Here are five ways a federal infrastructure program will make our cities, towns and neighborhoods poorer. by Charles Marohn

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STRONG TOWNS: THE REAL REASON YOUR CITY HAS NO MONEY

STRONG TOWNS: THE REAL REASON YOUR CITY HAS NO MONEY

Lafayette,  Louisiana has a predicament. Infrastructure was supposed to serve them. Now they serve it. All of the programs and incentives put in place by the federal and state governments to induce higher levels of growth by building more infrastructure has made the city of Lafayette functionally insolvent. Lafayette has collectively made more promises than it can keep and it's not even close. If they operated on accrual accounting -- where you account for your long term liabilities -- instead of a cash basis -- where you don't -- they would have been bankrupt decades ago. This is a pattern we see in every city we've examined. It is a byproduct of the American pattern of development we adopted everywhere after World War II. by Charles Marohn

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