Understand what’s causing the housing challenges in your city, and how to change them for the better.

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Creating Housing Opportunities (one-time payment)


About the Course


Many communities struggle with maintaining housing that gives residents quality options at affordable prices. Neighborhoods in steep decline exist next to neighborhoods that are unaffordable, and dislocation is a constant source of social anxiety.

A Strong Towns approach is not a miracle cure, but it creates positive feedback loops so that stress and opportunity can lead to productive local action. In this course, we will examine:

  • Why local housing markets are so distorted, and the impact this has on our stability and prosperity.
  • How to create the right market incentives to bring about productive development patterns.
  • How to systematically address neighborhood decline on a limited budget.
  • Specific changes to local regulatory systems to create affordable housing options.
  • Steps to foster a bottom-up community of builders to respond to local needs.
  • And more!

Participants in this course will develop a plan for local action that they can begin implementing immediately.

This course is worth 10.5 AICP continuing education credits.

Interested in purchasing multiple licenses for this course? Learn about group discounts here.


Course Curriculum

  Introduction
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  Section 1: Understanding the Housing Market
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  Section 2: Housing in a Traditional City
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  Section 3: Housing Under the Suburban Experiment
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  Section 4: Artificially Induced Decline
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  Section 5: The Trickle or the Fire Hose
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  Section 6: The Missing Middle and Incremental Development
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  Section 7: Zoning and the Housing Market
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  Section 8: Transportation Policy Is Housing Policy (and Vice Versa)
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  Section 9: Addressing Affordability
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  Section 10: The Other Housing Crisis: Disinvestment and Decline
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  Section 11: NIMBYism and the Politics of Housing
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About the Instructor


Daniel Herriges serves as Senior Editor for Strong Towns, and has been a regular contributor since 2015. He is also a founding member of the organization. Daniel has a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. from Stanford University in Human Biology with a concentration in Conservation and Sustainable Development. After college, he worked as an environmental activist for several years, in support of indigenous people's rights and conservation in the Amazon rainforest. He can often be found hiking or cycling. Daniel is from St. Paul, Minnesota, and now lives in Sarasota, Florida. 

Other Featured Speakers include:

  • Charles Marohn - Founder and President of Strong Towns
  • Rachel Quednau - Program Director at Strong Towns
  • Gracen Johnson - Senior Specialist of Innovation and Research at the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
  • Paul Stewart - Founder of Oswego Renaissance Association
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This course provides 10.5 AICP continuing education credits, and is included in our Strong Towns Academy Subscription Bundle.