Sidewalk Talk

Sidewalk Talk

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
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
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
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.

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
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

The tremendous untapped power of data to reinvent city services

As more agencies embrace digital tools to improve health care, education, safety, and other basic government services, the public conversation should keep pace with technology.

Shaina Doar
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
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

How ‘shared parking’ can improve city life

More efficient parking systems mean less congestion, fewer emissions, and lower rents.

Willa Ng
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
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
vision

It’s time for urbanists and technologists to start talking

Introducing our new blog, Sidewalk Talk.

Daniel L. Doctoroff
4 Apr