Sidewalk Talk

Sidewalk Talk

Why minimum lot sizes are a growing affordability problem

New studies show how these rules restrict housing options — and that they’re on the rise. But California is pushing back.

Eric Jaffe
1 Jan

What happened when China provided its cities with real-time pollution data

A new study finds that, in 2013 at least, China went about urban data collection the right way — and people reaped big benefits.

Eric Jaffe
1 Jan

Climate change and inequality led to this ancient city’s demise. What can we learn from looking back?

The 10,000-year-old urban settlement of Çatalhöyük still has lessons to teach about dealing with growth challenges.

Eric Jaffe
1 Jan
City of the Future Podcast

Episode 10: Responsive Architecture

Buildings could soon adapt to their environments — and even us, too.

Vanessa Quirk and Eric Jaffe
11 Nov
City of the Future Podcast

Episode 9: Affordable Electrification

For the sake of our planet, we’ll need to “electrify everything” — including our homes.

Vanessa Quirk and Eric Jaffe
10 Oct

Less parking can mean more housing. Here’s how.

Combined with new mobility tools, new policies could reduce the need for parking in cities — and help make housing more abundant and affordable.

Eric Jaffe
10 Oct
City of the Future Podcast

Episode 8: Mobility on Demand

This episode of our podcast explores a future where mobility is frictionless, easy — maybe even fun.

Vanessa Quirk and Eric Jaffe
10 Oct
City of the Future Podcast

Episode 7: Stoa

Our latest podcast episode explores innovations that could transform retail — and bring vibrancy to our city streets.

Vanessa Quirk and Eric Jaffe
9 Sep

The case for designing tech-free zones in urban parks

Green spaces restore our focus, but a new study shows that screens have the power to negate nature’s influence.

Eric Jaffe
9 Sep
City of the Future Podcast

Episode 6: Affordability by Design

Our podcast “City of the Future” returns with an episode about the future of housing.

Vanessa Quirk and Eric Jaffe
9 Sep

The latest evidence that bike lanes are good for business

A new study in Toronto supports what other cities have found: trading street parking for a bike lane doesn’t hurt the local economy, and often helps.

Eric Jaffe
9 Sep

Whim is a mobility app with a modest proposal: Give up your car

A Sidewalk Talk Q&A with “mobility as a service” pioneer Sampo Hietanen.

Eric Jaffe
8 Aug

5-Minute Explainer: How factory construction can help housing affordability

Faster, more predictable projects can translate into big savings for residents, not just developers.

Eric Jaffe
8 Aug

City of the Future talks MIDP

In this bonus episode, we preview season 2 — and talk Toronto — with Sidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff.

Vanessa Quirk and Eric Jaffe
6 Jun
Podcast

Introducing “City of the Future” — a Podcast from Sidewalk Labs

Each episode explores one idea or innovation that will transform cities.

Eric Jaffe and Vanessa Quirk
10 Oct
Q&A

Tackling the Opioid Crisis, One Sewage Sample at a Time

A Sidewalk Talk Q&A with Newsha Ghaeli of the wastewater epidemiology startup Biobot Analytics.

Eric Jaffe
8 Aug
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
urban data

The real benefits of real-time transit data

A Sidewalk Talk Q&A with researcher Candace Brakewood on all the ways it improves our lives — and its role in a potential car-free urban future.

Eric Jaffe
6 Jun
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