Playing the low-price game is a common economic development strategy, but that doesn’t mean it’s a good one.
We put up with design flaws all over our cities that we’d never tolerate in our homes. What gives?
We’re excited to let you know that on Friday, Nov. 30, Kevin Shepherd and Felix Landry will be hosting a free (but limited-participation) live webinar – Dollars and Sense: How to Cultivate (Real) Fiscal Sustainability + Community Engagement. Sign up here!
Back in August, Kevin wrote about our company’s journey and some changes on the horizon for our crew. Here’s a quick recap of what’s happened over the last few months and what we have coming up on our to-do list.
“So, what is needed to help communities put Strong Towns principles into practice in a meaningful and lasting way? Or, in broader terms, to cultivate civic vitality in our cities?”
For us, civic vitality describes our professional goal for cities as an ongoing condition of progress and improvement, while avoiding silver-bullet syndrome.
Like any business, cities generate revenue to pay for current costs of operation and for capital improvements. All these services and facilities have a cost, and some such as public safety and streets have enormous costs.
Kevin sits down with Verdunity’s summer intern Nadia Whitehouse for a brief chat on the ways the engineering profession is changing, and what it means to bring a resource-conscious, people-first attitude to engineering school. They also get into some of the ways Nadia sees the world differently after a few months with the Verdunity crew.
VERDUNITY (pronounced vur-doo-ni-tee, like community) recently began our eighth year in business as a community planning, engineering, and engagement firm. If you’re in Texas and follow Strong Towns, the small developer/incremental development movement, or participate in CNU you may know us. However, it’s likely we’re meeting for the first time.
There’s something missing in the way we talk about (and spend on) infrastructure—and it’s been below us all this time.