Kea Wilson serves as Communications Manager for Strong Towns. She's based in the great city of St. Louis, Missouri, but she's lived everywhere from Santa Fe, New Mexico to coastal Maryland to far northern Michigan and the exurbs of Cleveland, Ohio. She became passionate about the question of what it means to build a better world when she was in college, where she volunteered at a co-op bike collective and studied (most of) the great works of western civilization, roughly in chronological order. She's worked in community outreach and development for eight years. Before she came to Strong Towns, she worked at a small independent bookstore where she coordinated a not-so-small author events series. She's also an avid cyclist and runner, an armchair economics nerd, and a novelist.
For decades, many city leaders have thought the only way to end blight was to tear down the eyesores and start fresh. Mobile, Alabama had another idea.
Every time it seems like our housing crisis is going to bring everything crashing down, banks inject a dose of antigravity. How long can it go on?
Here are four ways that walking your dog—or a loaner pup from your local rescue group—can give you a unique insight into how your place can get a little more resilient.
If the city fixes the street outside of your home and increases the value of your real estate, you should have to pay the city back some of that windfall…right?
A recent New York Times op ed despaired that economic trends have passed rural America by. So isn’t it time for some new economic trends?
App developers are promising that any citizen with a smart phone can take part in planning their city like never before. But is there more to community engagement than what you can fit within the borders of a screen?
Last week, we announced the biggest news in the Strong Towns universe in a long time: our founder wrote a book. This week, we’re taking you behind the scenes.
Some cities just can’t seem to get on top of clearing snow out of the streets—even if it snows every. single. year. Why?
If electric vehicles become the norm, our fuel tax-funded infrastructure might suffer. What should cities do?
Slowing down drivers can save pedestrian lives. But is a little widget in your car the best way to do it?
You probably use Zillow to shop fantasy mansions in cities you could never afford. But would you sell them your house?
Your daily commute sucks. Is it also making you go broke?
Building an accessory apartment is one of the gentlest ways you can increase the housing stock in your town. But does that mean that states should be the ones making the rules about how you can do it—even if those rules are permissive?
An interview with Dr. Adonia Lugo, author of Bicycle / Race: Transportation, Culture & Resistance, about broadening bike advocacy to look beyond physical infrastructure to the “human infrastructure” of the communities we build around bicycling.
If your city is struggling to pay the bills, could joining forces with the rich county next door be the answer?
Incremental development doesn’t mean slow development. Here’s how big places that need housing fast can get there using the Strong Towns approach.
Almost every suburban house has one. But is the home garage an American institution or a national disgrace?
New Jersey has been using a “cap and trade” model to let single family neighborhoods buy their way out of growth for decades. Should your city follow suit?
Can a humble corner bookstore make your city wealthier and more resilient? These small businesses have surprising staying power—and in many ways are an indicator species of a strong neighborhood.
The dollar store might seem like a smaller, friendlier alternative to the big box. But its proliferation tells us something powerful about the way we build our towns.
Tulsa, OK is the latest city to offer remote workers some tempting incentives if they’ll move there for only a year. Is this a smarter approach to economic development, or do our cities need to #dothemath?
What does it take to be a small-scale developer in a struggling part of town? To put your money where your mouth is and participate in incremental neighborhood revitalization? One of our staffers knows firsthand.
Kea Wilson shares her five favorite Strong Towns-adjacent reads (and one favorite watch) of the year. From the short works of Jane Jacobs to a nonfiction epic about Americans who live out of their cars, and more!
A few weeks ago, Amazon announced major new operations in not one, but three locations: Queens, NYC; Crystal City, near Washington, DC; and Nashville. Our biggest question is not for Amazon but for the cities and states that offered them massive subsidy packages: Why?!
Big boxes arguably helped to kill the classic main street. Can they also bring it back?
We know how to make our streets so safe that no cyclist really needs a helmet. Should we all wear them anyway?
Forget Barbie. What does the Millennial Dream House look like?
Macon-Bibb County, Georgia, could address pedestrian safety by making real, substantial improvements to the design of its streets. Instead, it’s urging people on foot to… dress in brighter colors?
How much of car culture is attributable to the early designers and marketers who figured out how to make cars stylish and beautiful? A new book profiles GM’s Harley Earl, one of the forerunners of America’s automotive obsession.
Do we need to fail in order to succeed? When our experiments go awry—in science or otherwise—should we be dismayed, or treat it as just as vital information as if our hypotheses had been confirmed? Check out the latest episode of our new podcast Upzoned to hear Kea Wilson and Chuck Marohn wax philosophical about failure.