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Hourglass to host ‘community conversation’ with Strong Towns founder Charles Marohn

(Source: Hourglass Lancaster)

The Hourglass Foundation is bringing nationally known urban planning theorist Charles Marohn to Lancaster for a “community conversation.”

Marohn is best known as the founder and president of Strong Towns, a nonprofit that advocates for compact, incremental mixed-use development.

He will speak on Wednesday, April 12, at the Ware Center, 42 N. Prince St., Lancaster. The evening will kick off with a reception at 5 p.m., followed by his presentation at 6 p.m. The event will conclude with a Q&A and book signing.

Tickets are $40. To purchase, click here.

As a bonus, ticketholders will be invited to join via livestream the next morning, 9 a.m. Thursday, April 13, when Marohn meets with local experts for a conversation on housing, “Breaking Out of the Housing Trap.”

Marohn and Strong Towns contend that current development patterns are a “Ponzi scheme,” saddling municipalities over time with huge costs for maintaining roads and sewers, costs that their tax bases are inadequate to support.

Marohn previously visited Lancaster in 2013, speaking at a “curbside chat” organized by the Lancaster County Planning Commission.

He is the author of two books, Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity (2019) and Confessions of a Recovering Engineer: Transportation for a Strong Town (2021).

In 2019, Planetizen readers named him one of the 100 most influential urbanists of all time.