Tag Archives: Strong Towns

Public Art Week — Strong Towns

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***Transforming Communities Series: Public Art Week***

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          Strong Towns, a vital organization helping towns to develop from a foundation of designing for people, is doing an entire week of posts about public art and its role in shaping communities. This post includes the introduction to the series and direct links to the other essays in the series. There are some fascinating examples and good thinking here.

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Source: Public Art — Strong Towns

Courtesy of Lily Yeh and Barefoot Artists

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Work of Strong Towns!

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Organized Complexity — Strong Towns

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***Transforming Communities Series: Complexity in Community***

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           Even the smallest town is a complex organism; to transform it you must first understand it. I am a great admirer of Strong Towns and the work the organization is doing across the country. In this essay its founder Chuck Marohn offers a cogent meditation on Chapter 22 of Jane Jacob’s popular book  The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Marohn focuses on the critical notion of organized complexity in a community and what that means for trying to make it a place where all people can thrive.

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Source: Organized Complexity — Strong Towns

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Story People by Brian Andreas

The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Work of Strong Towns and Lessons from Jane Jacobs!

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Greatest Hits: The Strong Towns Strength Test — Strong Towns

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***Community Development Series: Strong Towns***

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          Strong Towns is an extraordinary organization that is growing in influence and scope. It is one of my “Beacons of Hope” organizations and will be featured in the forthcoming resource guide from the Living Through Creativity series. This post introduces you to their “Strong Towns Strength Test” and I hope all of you will look at your town through its perceptive lenses.

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Source: Greatest Hits: The Strong Towns Strength Test — Strong Towns

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Work of Strong Towns!

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Small Towns Can Be Resilient, Too | Co.Design

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***Community Development Series: Resilient Small Towns***

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          Small towns seldom attract attention except for negative happenings. We need to pay more attention to those small towns that have important lessons to offer in developing healthy communities and fostering resilience. Carlisle, Pennsylvania and Traverse City, Michigan are examples of small towns that are flourishing and can offer good ideas for other communities. I follow the nonprofit organization Strong Towns and both of these communities are winners in their search to identify the best of small town America.

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Source: Small Towns Can Be Resilient, Too | Co.Design

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Story People by Brian Andreas

The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Resiliency of Small Towns!

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101 books about where and how we live – Curbed

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Understanding How We Shape Our Communities, Present and Past:

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Courtesy of Dale Chihuly

Courtesy of Dale Chihuly

          I love–love–love this list of books about the shaping of the communities we live in. It came to me through Strong Towns, a great organization, but it is the work of Curbed. Since it starts with Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, a work that has shaped my own creative imagination for decades, I couldn’t resist sharing the list here. Just reading through the 101 titles will spur your own ideas about community development and the world in which we live. You might also find the ideal present for someone on your gift list.

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Source: 101 books about where and how we live – Curbed

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The Creative Apothecary Applauds the Work of Strong Towns and Curbed!

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Jane Jacobs Week — Strong Towns

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100th Anniversary Year, Birth of Jane Jacobs

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     Jane Jacobs is one of my heroes, her influence is perhaps stringer today than in her lifetime. She understood the city in all its strengths and weaknesses, its wondrous complexity. I will be sharing several posts about her ideas over the next few weeks.

     Today’s post is from a favorite organization of mine, Strong Towns. It is well worth reading several times and passing on to others.

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“Jane Jacobs repeatedly challenges us to embrace the complex — the ballet — and not just that which is simple and easy to code.”

Source: Jane Jacobs Week — Strong Towns

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The Creative Apothecary Salutes the Work of Jane Jacobs!

How Urban Parks Are Bringing Nature Close to Home

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Transforming Communities, Healing Places in Urban Settings:

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Courtesy of Dale Chihuly

Courtesy of Dale Chihuly

     We all need time with nature; wooded and garden settings offer respite from the day-to-day scramble of urban life. One of the themes of my book in progress, “Shaping Lives, Transforming Communities: Creative Expression in the Dance of Life,” is the power of nature to heal and transform.

      I have posted previously about healing gardens and reclamation projects in Scotland that are turning old coal mines into places of natural beauty. This is a great article from National Geographic on the power of parks to enrich our lives. The settings are urban areas enriched by the addition of natural oases that raise the spirits and offer chances for renewing both mind and body.

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“Reclaimed wastelands, centuries-old green spaces, and creative waterways offer quick escapes.”

Source: How Urban Parks Are Bringing Nature Close to Home

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Courtesy of Dale Chihuly

Courtesy of Dale Chihuly

Courtesy of Dale Chihuly

The Creative Apothecary Encourages the Development of Natural Areas in Communities!