The Early Reviews Are In!

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Reader Reviews

We’re grateful for the early readers who have taken time to leave reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, and other sites. (As of this writing, Confessions has 15 reviews on Amazon, all 5-stars.) Here are a few of our favorites from around the web:

“A Great Resource”

While this book is written from the perspective of an engineer, the information presented in the book, about what we’ve done wrong (see “stroads”), in how we can organize our communities around streets, and what we can do right, is accessible to everyone. This is a great resource for those wondering why their communities aren’t currently functioning well and what they can do right now to start making meaningful change in their city, town, and neighborhood.

— Rodney Kazenske on Goodreads (5 stars)

“Fundamental Values for Building Human-Centered Places”

Chuck and the folks at Strong Towns identify the key values missing from too many of those that design and build our cities. Instead of building places you want to spend time at, they build mechanisms for destroying places in the name of moving vehicles at maximum speed. This book is a guide for everyday residents to take the next incremental step in making their town a place that centers human and community flourishing in our transportation system. The conventional approach is bankrupting American cities and literally killing our neighbors. It will take everyday residents like you to build a strong town wherever you live.

— Emma on Amazon (5 stars)

“An Important Alternative View of Cities and Transportation”

Anyone who cares about cities and transportation within and between them should read this book — perhaps many times. The same person should get his or her neighbors, co-commuters, and elected officials to read it as well, or at least get them to discuss the book’s content. On almost every page, the author raises issues or describes alternatives that could make a tremendous difference to both the movement of goods and services and the financing of the infrastructure involved. The author’s presentation includes a skillful weaving of relevant data, a few but highly illustrative graphs, and a number of engaging anecdotes. All of this appears with a quality of writing far above that one might reasonably expect from someone with training and experience as a professional engineer.

My only disappointment is that the book could not include more of that material, especially considering that the world can now read engaging anecdotes about real world attempts to apply an approach very similar to the one recommended in the book. The disappointment is relieved, to a great degree, by the supplementary material on the website related to the book.

— Roland Cole, Director of Technology Policy, Sagamore Institute for Policy Research, on Amazon (5 stars)

“This Book Is a Game Changer”

I have dedicated my professional career to making effective and positive changes to how our built environment is generated. One of the largest hurdles to this process has been the built-in conflict that exists between human beings and automobiles, because they are at odds in terms of their needs and the associative impacts.

It seems as though there has always been a set of dirty little secrets associated with the emphasis that the engineering profession has placed upon the focus and attention given to the automobile—to the detriment of the human being. This has always felt wrong to me. The built environment should be generated for people, and yet people seem to be subservient to cars when all is said and done. To fix these problems one must know these problems exist—the dirty little secrets must be brought out into the open for all to see. This book has done that, while also being done by one (Chuck Marohn) who is part of the fraternity which has historically been the keeper and protector of these secrets. Chuck does this not to generate a “GOTCHA” with his fellow engineers, but instead to reframe some very critical thinking and to serve as an agent of change.

To any individual that cares deeply about our built environment and ensuring that it serves human beings as opposed to automobiles, I would implore you to not just read this book—but instead DIGEST it. This book is a GAME CHANGER!

— Mike Hathorne, Planner and Urbanist, on LinkedIn

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