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
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
prototype

Toronto by public transportation — from Point A to anywhere

Our open-source Toronto Transit Explorer shows how long it takes to reach any part of the city by taking public transit, cycling, or walking.

Samara Trilling
5 May
Q&A

A vision of city transportation, circa 2043

A Sidewalk Talk Q&A with forward-looking transport scholar David Levinson.

Eric Jaffe
2 Feb
15 Innovations That Shaped the City

Street Grids: A City’s Indelible Footprint

Far from a static layout, the grid creates the conditions for new travel modes, adaptable infrastructure, and sustainable growth.

12 Dec
15 Innovations That Shaped the City

GPS: The Technology That Envelops Our Cities—and Brains

Location-based services have transformed much of urban life, from taxis to dating, with far more change to come.

12 Dec
15 Innovations That Shaped the City

Shipping Containers: A Big Box Full of Contradictions

Containerization transformed everything from the urban labor force to suburban shopping.

9 Sep
Blog Post

Driving costs are hidden. Revealing them could help reduce traffic

Navigation apps that show the true cost of a trip might nudge people into making a different decision.

Willa Ng
6 Jun
Open-Source Tool

A first step toward creating a digital planning laboratory is populating it

Introducing Doppelgänger, Model Lab’s open-source population synthesizer.

David Ory
6 Jun
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
MAP 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

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

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
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
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