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POSTPONED: Coffee & Conversation | Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity with author Charles L. Marohn Jr.

April 16, 2020, 8 a.m. CST

Metropolitan Planning Council

The Metropolitan Planning Council is carefully considering the impact on upcoming events and closely monitoring the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19). The health, safety, and well-being of attendees and staff is our highest priority. We are postponing our April events until further notice. Those registered for this event will receive refund information via email. Please stay tuned for a future scheduled date.

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For decades, American towns and cities have been chasing short-term growth at the expense of long-term prosperity. That’s the central thesis in Charles Marohn’s new book Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity.

Marohn suggests that the modern approach to urban development just doesn’t work, and that cities are locking themselves into future insolvency with high-risk investments that result in huge infrastructure costs and never generate enough wealth to support themselves. Instead, cities large and small should focus on strategic, incremental investments that minimize risk and maximize their ability to financially strengthen communities and improve citizens' quality of life.

Charles is the president and co-founder of Strong Towns, a nationally recognized non-profit media organization working to shape the conversation on growth, development, and the future of cities. He has two decades of experience as a land use planner and certified Professional Engineer (PE). Charles was recently named #10 on Planetizen's list of the Top 100 Most Influential Urbanists.

Join MPC in conversation with Charles on how communities can chart a path toward inclusive and sustainable prosperity in the future.

Doors open at 8:00 a.m. please note updated start time. The program will begin at 8:30 a.m. The cost of the event is $15; please note MPC absorbs Eventbrite processing fees. Admission includes coffee and light breakfast. If cost is a barrier to admission, please contact Angie Leyva, Events Manager, at or (312) 863-6017. Space is limited, so please register in advance. 

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Sponsorship opportunities for this event are available! For more information, contact:

Amber Webb  
Vice President of Philanthropy 

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