“In the new, experimental style of development, you have a building pattern that is not very financially productive and is really, really fragile. In the traditional style of development, you have a building form and approach that is financially really productive and highly adaptable and resilient over time.”
— Charles Marohn
I’ve nothing to add to this. It’s as clearly stated as this can be done, and it’s only four minutes of your time.
The traditional development pattern has tremendous financial upside and limited financial downside. In contrast, the suburban approach has limited financial upside and a downside that can literally go negative.
The following video explains why the traditional development pattern outperforms the suburban development pattern every time. It’s part of a series called the Curbside Chat. If you’ve been a member of Strong Towns for a while, you’re probably familiar with it. If not, it’s time to acquaint yourself.