Sidewalk Talk

Sidewalk Talk

parks

Why Europe’s parks and playgrounds are so much more active than America’s

A Sidewalk Talk Q&A with Meghan Talarowski of Studio Ludo on the keys to more playable cities.

Eric Jaffe
7 Jul
Features

When affordable housing starts in a factory

Amid a housing crisis, several North American cities are turning to modular construction to get new buildings off the ground more quickly and less costly.

5 May
Model Lab

Introducing Replica, a next-generation urban planning tool

Anonymized location data can help answer key transportation questions — from a regional level all the way down to a city block.

Nick Bowden
4 Apr
Open-Source Tool

The Old Toronto map tool helps you explore the city through historical photos

The Old Toronto map tool helps you explore the city through old photos

Dan Vanderkam and Matt Breuer
3 Mar
Q&A

Quantifying the death of the classic American main street

A Sidewalk Talk Q&A with urban scholar Emily Talen on why these streets are vanishing — and what cities can do about it.

Eric Jaffe
3 Mar
Q&A

A model for inclusive housing grows in Toronto’s Regent Park

A Sidewalk Talk Q&A on housing affordability with University of Toronto urban studies scholar Shauna Brail.

Eric Jaffe
3 Mar
Q&A

A vision of city transportation, circa 2043

A Sidewalk Talk Q&A with forward-looking transport scholar David Levinson.

Eric Jaffe
2 Feb
Vision

Announcing Coord: The integration platform for mobility providers, navigation tools, and urban infrastructure

By connecting app developers to services such as parking, tolls, and bike-share, Coord can unlock a seamless trip experience for people in cities.

Stephen Smyth
2 Feb
Prototype

We prototyped a tool called Park Time to bring neighbors together.

Social isolation is a growing challenge for city residents. We prototyped a tool called Park Time to help parents connect.

Shaina Doar and James Merkin
1 Jan
Q&A

The power of ‘networked governance’ to solve city problems

A Sidewalk Talk Q&A with Bruce Katz and Jeremy Nowak, authors of The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism, on the new era of public, private, and civic collaboration.

Eric Jaffe
1 Jan
Q&A

The future of public space is now arriving—beneath a busy highway

A Sidewalk Talk Q&A with urban designer Ken Greenberg on Toronto's Bentway.

Eric Jaffe
1 Jan
Event Video

Building the Energy-Efficient Neighborhoods of Tomorrow

We held a Sidewalk Talk Idea Tour to explore five emerging technologies and design innovations that can lead to more sustainable cities.

12 Dec
15 Innovations That Shaped the City

N-1-1: The Rise (and Surprise) of Three-Digit City Services

The evolution of 911, 311, and other local numbers into digital services promises to make cities far more responsive.

12 Dec
15 Innovations That Shaped the City

Street Grids: A City’s Indelible Footprint

Far from a static layout, the grid creates the conditions for new travel modes, adaptable infrastructure, and sustainable growth.

12 Dec
META

The Sidewalk Weekly Newsletter Archive

Never again wonder what we were thinking, doing, and reading about the future of cities on a given week.

12 Dec
15 Innovations That Shaped the City

GPS: The Technology That Envelops Our Cities—and Brains

Location-based services have transformed much of urban life, from taxis to dating, with far more change to come.

12 Dec
Event Video

How Will Retail Impact the Street Life of our Future Cities?

With retail changing in the digital age, we held a Sidewalk Talk to discuss how to help that transformation have a positive, inclusive impact on the public realm.

11 Nov
15 Innovations That Shaped the City

Firefighting Advances: Rising from the Ashes to Make a Safer City

A series of innovations — from fire codes to extinguishers to exits — saved lives, protected cities, and transformed building design.

11 Nov
15 Innovations That Shaped the City

Disease Mapping: New Technology Meets an Ancient Discipline

The ability to track — and thus limit — the spread of disease paved the way for modern urban growth.

11 Nov
15 Innovations That Shaped the City

GTFS: The Promise of Data-Driven Public Transit

Standardized transit data is a harbinger of a future where the fastest way to get around doesn’t require a private car.

11 Nov