How Should Pasadena Grow? A Strong Towns Curbside Chat about “Productive” vs “Unproductive” Growth in American Cities

What are the financial realities facing America’s cities, towns and neighborhoods?

The financial productivity of our places.


This stunning presentation is a game-changer for communities looking to grow more resilient and obtain true prosperity during changing times.

The Curbside Chat is a presentation followed by a community-specific discussion about the financial health of our places.

  • Why are our cities and towns so short of resources despite decades of robust growth?

  • Why do we struggle at the local level just to maintain our basic infrastructure?

  • What do we do now that the economy has changed so dramatically?

The answers lie in the way we have developed; the financial productivity of our places.

This stunning presentation is a game-changer for communities looking to grow more resilient and obtain true prosperity during changing times.

The DPNA is hosting this presentation  by Strong Towns on Feb 18th at 7pm.  

Please attend—RSVP here:



The Curbside Chat Introduction from Strong Towns on Vimeo.


Thursday, February 18, 2016 from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM


The Gamble Lounge of Pasadena Presbyterian Church

585 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA

RSVP here:

Productive Growth – Strong Towns Curbside Chat Video Series from Strong Towns on Vimeo.

About Strong Towns:

Navy LinesThe mission of Strong Towns is to support a model of development that allows America’s cities, towns and neighborhoods to become financially strong and resilient.

The Strong Towns approach is a fundamental rethinking of how we work together to build lasting wealth and prosperity within our communities. A strong America is made of strong cities, towns and neighborhoods.

The organization is a non-profit boasting members in all 50 states and several countries. Strong Towns shares its message through featured articles at, a podcast, webinars and speaking events across the country.

Bio for Presenter, Chuck Marohn:

Charles_MarohnCharles Marohn – known as “Chuck” to friends and colleagues – is a Professional Engineer (PE) licensed in the State of Minnesota and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). Chuck is the Founder and President of Strong Towns. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Technology and a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey Institute.

He is the author of Thoughts on Building Strong Towns (Volume 1) and A World Class Transportation System as well as the host of the Strong Towns Podcast and a primary writer for Strong Towns’ web content. He has spoken in dozens of towns and cities across North America, and speaks regularly for diverse audiences and venues.


The Downtown Pasadena Neighborhood Association (DPNA) is the voice of the residents of the Central District of Pasadena, California.

The DPNA promotes a walkable urban lifestyle in a city that is vibrant with thriving businesses, excellent arts, good government, and active public spaces.

The DPNA advocates for urban parks, pedestrian & bike-friendly street design, trees & urban landscaping, mixed-use & transit-oriented development, enduring architecture, streetcars, and other amenities that improve our urban city center.

Downtown Pasadena is defined roughly as the 210 freeway (north), Catalina Ave (east), California Blvd (south), and Pasadena Ave (west).

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