Strong Towns: The Profit and Losses of Growth

APA Missouri Chapter


Tuesday, January 30, 2018
6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. CST

Kansas City, MO, United States

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Most urban development over the past 70 years has failed to create enough revenue to fund its infrastructure – streets and utilities that now are deteriorating. Yet we keep building more, increasing liabilities rather than adding to our cities’ value.  Kansas City is no exception. Each resident in Kansas City now has four times as much city to maintain as our predecessors had in 1950. The amount of infrastructure built for each resident is among the highest in the country. This session will examine the need to build cities and suburbs differently, establishing a land use and transportation pattern that produces enough long-term revenue to build resilient, self-sustaining – i.e. “strong” – towns and cities.

Participants in this event will come to understand advanced realistic solutions to our country’s infrastructure crisis and point Kansas City, specifically, toward being a more productive city.

Additional topics include:

  • Information related to the average home value in Kansas City and how that only generates only a fraction of the tax revenue needed to maintain a new neighborhood.

  • Information on the zoning and subdivision regulations that make it illegal to build neighborhoods residents want.

  • Solutions to fix the problems facing Kansas City from a planning and engineering perspective.



Charles Marohn, AICP

Charles Marohn - known as "Chuck" to friends and colleagues - is a Professional Engineer (PE) licensed in the State of Minnesota and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). He is the Founder and President of Strong Towns. Marohn has a bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from ... Read More

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