How to make cities better

10 Steps to Fix a City

Strong Towns brings some recommendations regarding straightforward ways to shift policies to promote productive development patterns, including not accepting unfunded maintenance obligations, throwing out parking ordinances, and simplifying zoning and traffic hierarchies.

Almost every city has a section of town with streets and sewers surrounded by vacant lots or abandoned buildings. As long as there are big chunks of your town like this, there’s no reason to issue building permits for new infrastructure.
— Andrew Burleson, Strong Towns