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Strong Towns Steinbach is a non-partisan, grassroots group dedicated to increasing community awareness of the Strong Towns Approach; advocating cities to be safe, livable and inviting.

The Strong Towns Approach

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 and iterating based on what we learn.
  • 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 neighbours actually need today.
  • Stop obsessing about future growth and start obsessing about our current finances.

But most importantly, we believe that Strong Citizens from all walks of life can and must participate in a Strong Towns approach — from citizens to leaders, professionals to neighbours, and everyone in between. And that means we need you.

No neighbourhood should experience radical change.

No neighbourhood should be exempt from change.

What is Strong Towns?

Strong Towns is a nonprofit advocacy organization committed to replace North America’s post-war pattern of development with a new pattern that is financially strong and resilient. Working to elevate local government to be the highest level of collaboration for people working together in a place, not merely the lowest level in a hierarchy of governments.

They believe that the change we seek will occur when there is a critical mass of thought and action, making the Strong Towns Approach self-evident to decision makers and the people they serve.

Recent Blog Posts

Parking Minimums Reconsidered

Initiative Series #2 Currently, the City of Steinbach zoning by-law requires 1.5 car parking stalls …

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Urban Paths for a Growing Community

Initiative series #1 The Starting Point In the 1970’s the Netherlands faced a road-fatality cr…

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Our Built Environment

The Carillon – Doing donuts earns careless driving charge I caught this article online today t…

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We live here, within Treaty #1 territory.  This land, water, and sky does not belong to us.  Like all generations that came before us, we share it with others.  Our treaty promises, solemnly set down and agreed to by our ancestors, declare that we will share this land, as siblings, with those who have lived here since time before memory.
 
We acknowledge the need to learn from First Nations and Metis peoples who know and respect this place.  They accept their duty to respect and protect the lands and waters, and to care for all that live in them.  By entering this land, this duty to care is now shared with us.  Manito Aki Inakonigowaan, the Great Earth Law is a way of thinking, a way of feeling and a way of living.  It is a promise to this land – that we humans will take care of all beings, and be interconnected in a loop of respect, reciprocity, rights and responsibilities.  While this law was given to Anishinaabe people at the beginning of time, the responsibility to protect and respect Mother Earth is also the collective duty of us all.
 
We will actively seek to be better Treaty people: to learn, to share, to respect and to care.