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Features

Bringing Up Baby … Downtown

To keep families, more North American cities are turning to a suite of planning and design innovations, from play space to stroller ramps to adventure parks.

Amy Crawford
7 Jul
Self Driving Cars

Expectations, Uncertainties, and Policy Choices for Self-Driving Cities

A guide to where things stand on this most promising — but highly uncertain — technology.

Rohit T. Aggarwala
7 Jul
Features

The secrets to a lasting mixed-income neighborhood

Like many global cities, Toronto has become increasingly segregated into wealthy enclaves and boroughs of poverty. But one area that bucked the trend offers lessons for the future.

Philip Preville
6 Jun
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
Features

Where new mobility and traditional transit are actually getting along

Pinellas County is home to perhaps the most advanced “micro-transit” system in action: a fleet of ride-hail vehicles that feeds into the bus system while reducing costs and expanding job access.

Sidewalk Labs Editorial
6 Jun
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
Q&A

How Toronto could lead the wooden skyscraper revolution

A Sidewalk Talk Q&A with architect and designer Luigi Ferrara on the Arbour — a 12-story wood building for George Brown College’s waterfront campus.

Vanessa Quirk
5 May
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
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
Op-Ed

Building urban tech tools starts with listening to cities

The conversations we had about the future of mobility during the DOT Smart City Challenge were just the beginning of a longer collaboration.

Daniel L. Doctoroff
6 Jun
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
BLOG POST

The global fight against climate change needs better city data

Rohit T. Aggarwala
4 Apr