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The Sidewalk Weekly Newsletter Archive

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

Eric Jaffe
5 May
Blog Post

A key to democratizing urban solutions is building better models

By relying on sharper data, new approaches to modeling can lead to faster policies and greater consensus.

Nick Chim and David Ory
4 Apr
Blog Post

The next-generation intersection helps all modes share the street

Emerging traffic technologies promise to improve safety while moving everyone — not just drivers.

Willa Ng
3 Mar
DEMO

How the L train shutdown will impact your commute

Our NYC Transit Explorer shows how long it takes to get anywhere in the city by bus or subway. Even during L-mageddon.

Dan Vanderkam
2 Feb
GUEST POST

The transformative potential of real-time transportation coordination

By Kevin Webb

Kevin Webb
1 Jan
Blog Post

The way to healthier cities goes beyond healthcare

Improving urban health outcomes requires dramatically better access, and a commitment to addressing the underlying social and environmental factors.

Mat Balez, Shaina Doar, and Lindsay Ullman
12 Dec
EVENT VIDEO

How Can Technology Help Improve Housing Affordability?

Our Sidewalk Talk: Idea Tour explored six different approaches to this critical challenge.

12 Dec
Blog Post

The benefits of turning housing construction into housing production

Much residential housing is still built the same way it was 50 years ago, despite emerging technologies that can help reduce costs and increase affordability.

Eric Baczuk
12 Dec
Blog Post

Improving urban mobility starts with better travel data

New digital tools can help us gain better insights into how people move around cities, and ask better questions about what we want our transportation systems to achieve.

Corinna Li
12 Dec
VISION

Reimagining cities from the internet up

Over the past year, Sidewalk Labs conducted a detailed thought experiment on the future of cities. Here’s what we learned, and how we hope to accelerate urban innovation.

Daniel L. Doctoroff
11 Nov
BLOG POST

Circling for parking is terrible for cities. Let’s put an end to it.

By connecting drivers to spaces at the start of a trip, tech can help fight the curse of cruising.

Willa Ng
9 Sep
FEATURE

The First Principles of Urbanism: Part II

Digital technology can be good or bad for cities. Which way it goes depends on how well technologists and urbanists work together.

Rohit T. Aggarwala
9 Sep
FEATURE

The First Principles of Urbanism: Part I

Before we can predict how technology might shape cities, we have to identify the essential efficiencies — and costs — of urban environments.

Rohit T. Aggarwala
9 Sep
Hackathons

Sidewalk held a two-day midsummer engineering hackathon. Here’s what we built.

A park meet-up router, a reference for urban designers, and a yellow cab counter.

Sidewalk Labs
9 Sep
BLOG POST

The importance of coding the curb

Who says infrastructure management isn’t sexy? A digital street asset inventory can improve parking, planning, transparency, and more.

Willa Ng
8 Aug
Blog Post

Habitat III can set the urban-tech vision for years to come

The New Urban Agenda is an opportunity to bridge the gap between urbanists and technologists, radically improving the lives of people in cities worldwide.

Rohit T. Aggarwala
8 Aug
EVENT VIDEO

What’s the City’s Role in Autonomous Vehicles?

The full panel discussion from our Sidewalk Talk event on a driverless urban future.

Eric Jaffe
8 Aug
Open source demo

S2 cells and space-filling curves: Keys to building better digital map tools for cities

An open geospatial library for all the civic hackers out there.

Sven Kreiss
7 Jul
BLOG POST

A blueprint to help cities and Airbnb get along

Despite a sharp divide over regulations, it’s possible to find common ground in three basic policy principles.

Eric Jaffe
7 Jul