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Strong Towns Chuck Marohn: An Approach for Resilient Communities
04:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Strong Towns is coming to Lakewood! Downtown Colorado, Inc., American Planning Association of Colorado, and the City of Lakewood are proud to bring Chuck Marohn, founder and president of Strong Towns, to Lakewood the evening of October 30, 2019 to kick off the Strong America Tour! Strong Towns is a national organization dedicated to community development that celebrates resilience, incremental change, adaptation, citizen engagement, and making decisions based on current finances and neighborhood needs.
As part of the Strong America Tour, Strong Towns President Chuck Marohn will deliver a presentation entitled Neighborhoods First sponsored by Downtown Colorado, Inc, the Colorado APA and the City of Lakewood.
Risky, low returning projects too often become expensive boondoggles that haunt a community for decades. Public officials everywhere are desperately seeking an alternative. This talk will cover the "Neighborhoods First" approach to show how a community can grow stronger by making small, incremental investments over time. By observing how neighbors live their lives, by asking them where their daily struggles are, by getting out on the street and discovering what is actually going on, any local government can discern what their community’s pressing needs are. These projects are the high return investments and they are all around us.
A portfolio of incremental projects, each building on observed needs and past successes, is the basis of a solid, long term investment strategy for communities of any size. It is an approach that fits into every budget. It will empower a local government to move beyond the lack of ownership and control that comes with traditional grant programs. And most importantly, you can get started right now.
This event will be followed by a book signing with the author. Books will be available for purchase on site.