Book Review: Thoughts On Building Strong Towns: Volume III

Edge Induced Cohesion

Thoughts On Building Strong Towns:  Volume III, by Charles L. Marohn, Jr, et al

I had deeply mixed feelings in reading this book, as my thoughts in general on the Strong Towns movement are deeply mixed [1].  On the one hand, I agree that current models of development are unsustainable and that cities are putting themselves into bankruptcy and potential ruin through policies that regard gigantic dispersed subdivisions and gigantic condos that skew land values, prevent gradual infill development, and that require a large amount of services that cannot hope to be repaid through tax receipts.  On the other hand, I view the authors’ view of ideal cities with unmitigated horror.  I view the prospect of being forced to be intimate through walking and public transportation (which I have some experience in, see below) [2] with dangerous and unsafe people to be deeply unpleasant and want no part of being…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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