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Strong Towns Comes to Greenbelt (and College Park)

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by Jeff Lemieux 

What makes a town strong? Financial reserves? Community spirit? Jobs and economic growth? Livability and a great environment?

Over the last couple years, I’ve written a little about Greenbelt’s finances, and also about taking a new approach to economic development that would emphasize helping small businesses form and thrive, rather than banking on megaprojects like the FBI headquarters. (Disclosure: my wife owns a small business in College Park.)

This week, the Greenbelt Community Development Corporation, Maryland Milestones/Anacostia Trails Heritage Area, and Proteus Bicycles, have teamed to bring an expert in the sustainability and resilience of towns and cities to Prince George’s County.

Chuck Marohn, Jr., the founder of Strong Towns, a non-profit research and educational organization based in Minnesota, will be discussing his new book: “Strong Towns, A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity” on Tuesday, October 8th at 8 pm in the Greenbelt Community Center.

The presentation will be preceded by a reception at Proteus Bikes in North College Park from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. At both the presentation and reception, residents will be able to meet Chuck, hear about the Strong Towns approach, and maybe even buy a book and have it signed by the author.

Let’s all get together next Tuesday and have a good discussion about what makes Greenbelt (and College Park) great, and what we can do to make our towns even greater!

Here are the details and registration for the October 8 events:

6:30 p.m. – Pre-event Party and Book Signing
Proteus Bicycles
9827 Rhode Island Ave
College Park, MD 20740

8 pm – Strong America Presentation
Greenbelt Community Center
15 Crescent Rd
Multipurpose Room #201
Greenbelt, MD 20770

How can our towns get stronger — not weaker — when our economy changes? What can we learn from the earliest days of city building about building better places tomorrow? And what can active citizens, local officials, and ordinary people do today to make their cities more sustainable, more people-oriented, and more prosperous?

Acclaimed author and urbanism thought leader Charles L. Marohn of Strong Towns will visit Prince George’s County on October 8th, 2019 to help answer these questions and to participate in a discussion about how the Strong Towns approach can help improve our towns.

At 6:30 pm, Marohn will be available to sign books and discuss the Strong Towns approach in an informal community potluck reception at Proteus Bicycles in College Park.

At 8:00 pm, Marohn will present some of the most powerful stories of his book Strong Towns: A Bottom Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity, at Greenbelt’s historic community center. The discussion will focus on using insights from Strong Towns book to highlight paths to community sustainability and prosperity, while preserving our uniqueness. The presentation and discussion will be in Room 201, Greenbelt Community Center, 15 Crescent Road in Greenbelt.

Both the College Park and Greenbelt events are free and open to the public, although registration is requested here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/strong-america-book-tour-prince-georges-county-maryland-tickets-73591408885

Jeff Lemieux has been a Greenbelt resident since 1987 and writes about planning and transportation issues for our blog. He’s also a bike commuter to UMD and (sometimes) DC, and was the Washington Area Bicyclist Association’s advocate of the year in 2015. Jeff’s wife Laurie owns Proteus Bicycles in College Park. Jeff’s day job is as chief economist for the Council for Affordable Health Coverage.

2 Responses

  1. Susan Barnett
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    Thank you Jeff – this sounds like a great program. I am planning to go!

  2. Gettie
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    Thank you Jeff and Laurie for being such advocates for better living through financial sustainability and physical activity. I’m looking forward to seeing you and being there!

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