How does Wilmington do in the Strong Towns Test?
Readers and listeners-we want your feedback! Comment on any or all questions of the Strong Towns test to let us know how you think Wilmington does on the Strong Towns test. Mark Rembert and I will be discussing this on the next Wilmington Bulletin Podcast, and we would love to hear your thoughts. For more information on the test, visit
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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?
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