So, this is brilliant. And simple.
Below is the Strong Towns Strength Test .
From the blog…
“We understand that cities are complex, adaptable systems that defy easy or precise measurement, so we asked ourselves: are there simple observations we use to signal that a city is either a strong town or on its way to becoming one?
Here are ten simple questions we call the Strong Towns Strength Test. A Strong Town should be able to answer “yes” to each of these questions.
- Take a photo of your main street at midday. Does the picture show more people than cars?
- If there were a revolution in your town, would people instinctively know where to gather to participate?
- Imagine your favorite street in town didn’t exist. Could it be built today if the construction had to follow your local rules?
- Is an owner of a single family home able to get permission to add a small rental unit onto their property without any real hassle?
- If your largest employer left town, are you confident the city would survive?
- Is it safe for children to walk or bike to school and many of their other activities without adult supervision?
- Are there neighborhoods where three generations of a family could reasonably find a place to live, all within walking distance of each other?
- If you wanted to eat only locally-produced food for a month, could you?
- Before building or accepting new infrastructure, does the local government clearly identify how future generations will afford to maintain it?
- Does the city government spend no more than 10% of its locally-generated revenue on debt service?”
How did your town score? Mine tallied a 7. Not bad, but room to improve.