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Strong Towns: Transportation in the Next American City

What does it mean to be a Strong Town? Chuck Marohn, the Founder and President of Strong Towns, will present on Wednesday, April 3 at 6:30 PM at the Portsmouth Public Library.

Mr. Marohn is a Professional Engineer (PE) licensed in the State of Minnesota and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP).


For generations, North American communities have been growing—or at least, they’ve been building. But as we’ve paved endless roads, raised countless buildings and put more and more infrastructure in the ground, we’ve given almost no thought to whether future generations will be able to afford to maintain the world we’ll leave them — or how many of the things we build are making our communities worse places to live today.


The Strong Towns approach is a radically new way of thinking about the way we build our world. We believe that in order to truly thrive, our cities and towns must:

• Stop valuing efficiency and start valuing resilience;

• Stop betting our futures on huge, irreversible projects, and
start taking small, incremental steps;

• Stop fearing change and start embracing a process of
continuous adaptation;

• Stop building our world based on abstract theories, and start
building it based on how our places actually work and what our
neighbors actually need today;

• Stop obsessing about future growth and start obsessing about
our current finances.


We will reserve ample time for questions and discussion. The event is free and all are welcome. Please register here to help ensure sufficient seating.

Event Sponsors: Piscataqua Savings Bank, Rosamond Thaxter Foundation, Piscataqua Garden Club, and the Geoffrey E. Clark and Martha Fuller Clark Fund of the NH Charitable Foundation.

Event Partners: Seacoast Media Group,, Coruway Film Institute, Sailmaker House, and Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast. 

Earlier Event: March 7
Researching Your Old House
Later Event: April 11
Researching Your Old House