Sidewalk Talk

Sidewalk Talk

Urban history series

15 Innovations That Shaped the City

A Sidewalk Talk series that explores some of the major advances in urban technology, design, and policy across history — from Roman sewers to real-time transit.

Eric Jaffe
9 Sep
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
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
BLOG POST

‘Give in’ or ‘get out’ can’t be the only two options with cities and Uber/Lyft

A connected streets vision can’t truly take off if these sides don’t come together.

Eric Jaffe
6 Jun
Q&A

‘Connected streets’ and the next generation of urban mobility

A Sidewalk Talk with James Corless and Russell Brooks of Transportation for America.

Eric Jaffe
6 Jun
BLOG POST

The great innovative power of crowded streets

The more connected a city, physically and digitally, the more inventive it becomes.

Eric Jaffe
5 May
case study

4 lessons from Rio’s ‘flawed’ smart cities initiative

A new analysis finds that, despite doing some good, the program often forgot to focus on the people.

Eric Jaffe
5 May
BLOG POST

How ‘pink’ zoning can jumpstart urban development

Cities can lighten the red tape. Technology can help.

Eric Jaffe
4 Apr
case study

How Estonia became a global model for e-government

A tiny country has turned into a civic tech giant.

Eric Jaffe
4 Apr
Q&A

What smart cities can learn from Singapore’s Smart Nation

A Sidewalk Talk with Jacqueline Poh, managing director of the Infocomm Development Authority

Eric Jaffe
4 Apr
BLOG POST

Smart intersections won’t help cities without smart policy

The first thing that should pop into mind with the future of mobility is people, not cars.

Eric Jaffe
4 Apr
FEATURE

Innovation, cities, and the optimistic case for economic growth in the digital age

A review of Robert Gordon's new book, "The Rise and Fall of American Growth."

Eric Jaffe
4 Apr