Confessions of a Recovering Engineer w/ Chuck Marohn

In this episode, John reconnects with Charles Marohn, Founder of Strong Towns and author of the new book Confessions of a Recovering Engineer: Transportation for a Strong Town. They discuss the compelling need to reform both our transportation systems and how those systems are planned and designed.

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In 2010 Charles Marohn, Founder of the Strong Towns organization sat down to create a computerized animated cartoon video called Conversation with an Engineer. As he says in this podcast episode the dialog just flowed out of him, he didn't have to think hard about it, because he had already had many such conversations in his relatively short time as a practicing engineer. He brings this video back to life in the first chapter of Confessions as a way to set the premise of the book. He had behaved in this way and this is his confession. And he was wrong.

The new book Confessions of a Recovering Engineer: Transportation for a Strong Town published by Wiley is available on September 8, 2021.

Additional Helpful Links:

Chuck’s Presentation in Austin 

Our first interview with Chuck – Episode 13 of the Active Towns Podcast
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