There is always a moment standing off stage, before the lights come up and the show begins, when the calmness of anticipation sets in. All the work to prepare has been done—the stage is set, the lines are rehearsed, the props in place—and now it’s time.
There’s stillness in that moment, but it’s not the kind that you’d associate with peacefulness. It’s more the calm before the storm. The acceptance that, ready or not, things are about to get real.
I’ve been in that place hundreds of times and I must admit to you all: I love that moment. It’s hard to describe, but it’s a sense that, whatever the people in the audience out there think they are about to experience, what’s coming is orders of magnitude beyond. Minds are about to be blown. A whole lot of people are going to be walking out of there different than they walked in.
We’ve been living in that calm moment here at Strong Towns for a few weeks, and I’ve been loving it. The decade-plus that we’ve been at this project has been building towards an unveiling of our ideas on a big stage. We’ve done the work, put in the time, subjected ourselves to the harsh introspection. There is a hush of anticipation around us. I can feel it. Things are about to get real.
This week is our Spring Member Drive, the last one we will do before the October 1 release of Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity (more on that below). It’s the last one before we launch the Strong America Tour. The last one before we kick off a major media campaign that we’ve been putting together for months.
In other words, it’s your last chance to be one of the early supporters of the Strong Towns movement. And we could really use your support.
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More than Math: Living with Intention in Our Stronger Towns
Minimum Viable Development? How We Let the "Perfect" Be the Enemy of the Good
Building Productive Places (and Showering them with Love)
Breaking Free of the Infrastructure Cult
Spooky Wisdom: What Lessons Should We Be Learning from How Our Ancestors Built Cities?
James Howard Kunstler: It's All Going to Have to Get Smaller
Tomas Sedlacek: A More Humane Economics
Patrick Deneen on Rediscovering Community and Rootedness
Ben Westhoff: Ferguson, Five Years Later
Ask Strong Towns #10: August 2019
Steve Mouzon: Living Traditions and the Original Green
The Dignity of Local Community: Chris Arnade
What Happens When Housing Becomes a Cash Crop?
Building Cities For Our Unconscious Brains: Ann Sussman on the Failings of Modern Architecture
Start Small, and Make a Lot of Noise: John Yung on Suburban Revitalization
Ask Strong Towns #9 (June 2019)
What Does it Take to Bring a City Back from the Brink?
Autonomous Vehicles Are Coming. Do We Have a Say in Who Benefits?
Ask Strong Towns: Celebrity Edition with Community-Conscious Developer Derek Avery
Good Law | Bad Law
Migration Policy Institute Podcasts
Turning the Tide, Saving the Chesapeake Bay
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