Strong Towns Curbside Chat (starts @5:30 pm)
This is a pivotal time for Wisconsin’s cities and villages. Years of unstable property values have created uncertain revenue streams. Local government aid has been cut. Budgets are stretched. Delayed maintenance of prior years are starting to show up on the ground. Local leaders are looking for answers. What they are discovering is that they are largely on their own. The standard approach emphasizes growth over resiliency. This is a key part of our problem. To truly do more with less, we need to understand how we have built ourselves into decline. How have local investments failed to generate prosperity? Why is the standard approach harming our towns and neighborhoods? Most importantly, how do we start a real recovery?
Charles Marohn, PE, AICP, is the President of Strong Towns, a Minnesota-based nonprofit, nonpartisan organization. He has traveled around the country to discuss the reasons behind persistent local financial challenges and methods for helping America’s cities and villages achieve financial strength and resiliency.