Stronger Lancaster: A Conversation with Chuck Marohn, Founder & President of Strong Towns

Wednesday, April 12, 2023
Doors: 5pm | Performance: 5pm

Hourglass is proud to host Chuck Marohn, founder & president of Strong Towns, for a community conversation. In this presentation Chuck will highlight some of the most powerful stories in his book, “Strong Towns: A Bottom Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity,” and use those insights to highlight a path to community prosperity that’s as unique as Lancaster. Using an innovative, hands-on approach, this presentation will showcase why so many towns in North America are struggling financially despite decades of robust growth. Part community conversation, part lecture from an expert, this talk will be a catalyst for every town in Lancaster to be safe, livable and financially resilient.


  • 5-6 PM Reception with complimentary wine, beverages and hors d’oeuvres
  • 6-7 PM Presentation from Chuck Marohn
  • 7-7:30 PM Audience Q&A
  • 7:30-8:00 Book Signing with Chuck

Thank you to our forum sponsors: Martin-Harnish Foundation, Coalition for Sustainable Housing, Coalition for Smart Growth, Lancaster County Community Foundation, Lapp Electric, Kinectiv, Monty & Molly Milner, Davison Associates, LLC, ELA Group, Garber Metrology, Members 1st Credit Union, Bob and Linda Groff, and Paul Mueller.

Book Signing: Chuck’s books Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity (Wiley, 2019) and Confessions of a Recovering Engineer: Transportation for a Strong Town (Wiley 2021) will be available for purchase at the event, or in advance at Read Rose Books (23 N Prince Street, Lancaster, PA).

Bonus Presentation: Everyone who purchases a ticket to this forum will be invited to join Chuck virtually the following morning, April 13 at 9 AM, as he meets with local experts for a conversation on housing. That presentation, “Breaking Out of the Housing Trap,” will focus on the root causes of America’s interrelated housing crises and will identify some rational responses that our community can take. You will have the opportunity to watch this conversation via livestream or later via video recording.

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About Chuck Marohn: Marohn is the author of Strong Towns: A Bottom-Up Revolution to Rebuild American Prosperity, and Confessions of a Recovering Engineer: Transportation for a Strong Town. He hosts the Strong Towns Podcast and is a primary writer for Strong Towns’ web content. He has presented Strong Towns concepts in hundreds of cities and towns across North America. Planetizen named him one of the 10 Most Influential Urbanists of all time. Chuck is an expert on designing safe streets, advocating for incremental housing, creating financially resilient downtowns, solving infrastructure challenges, and community engagement for positive neighborhood change.

About Hourglass: Hourglass was founded in 1997 to inform, enlighten, and encourage decision makers so that Lancaster County can have growth and economic prosperity without losing its unique character and enviable quality of life. Hourglass focuses on a wide range of complex, legacy issues that impact Lancaster County both now and for years to come such as city vitality, education, growth and land use, and the environment. Hourglass functions as an independent, nonpolitical entity, providing objective information and fresh ideas, conducting research and analysis, and encouraging collaboration among local governments and organizations to help them better meet the challenges of a changing world.

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