Daniel Herriges

Daniel Herriges (Twitter: @DanielStrTowns) serves as Content Manager for Strong Towns, and has been a regular contributor since 2015. He is also a founding member of the organization. Daniel has a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Minnesota. His obsession with maps began before he could read. His budding environmentalism can be traced back to age 4, when he yelled at his parents for stepping on weeds growing in sidewalk cracks. His love of great urban design and human-scaled, livable places has also been lifelong. Daniel has a B.A. from Stanford University in Human Biology with a concentration in Conservation and Sustainable Development. After college, he worked as an environmental activist for several years, in support of indigenous people’s rights and conservation in the Amazon rainforest. He can often be found hiking or cycling. Daniel is from St. Paul, Minnesota.

Charleston alley

Herriges Rezoned: A City Shaped by Many Hands

Incremental development is a practical means to an end. And that end is beautiful, livable, resilient, financially sound places.

May 17, 2022

live oak

There is Unrest in the Urban Forest

The truth is that high urban density and abundant housing are entirely compatible with a lush tree canopy.

January 14, 2022

Milwaukee Avenue

Our Self-Imposed Scarcity of Nice Places

Where we’ve allowed cheaper-to-build, cheaper-to-maintain, quality-of-life-enhancing things to become luxuries, that is on us. That is our failure, and it’s a failure brought about to a large extent by bad policy that tells us we can’t have nice things, because nice things are for the rich.

November 5, 2021


Walkability and the culture wars

Even if you do take this study’s results at face value, it’s a stretch to interpret its major takeaway as, “Most Americans don’t want walkable places.”

September 15, 2021

St. Stanislaus

Is This the Future of Civic Engagement?

Gordon says that there are no shortcuts around the amount of work involved in this model of community engagement. “You’re building relationships, building trust.”

August 31, 2021


We Don’t Live in a World of Cartoon Villains

There are people at every part of that spectrum who care about building local resilience. The Strong Towns approach is radical, but not in a way that fits into ideologues’ narrative boxes.

December 18, 2020

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