Sidewalk Talk

Sidewalk Talk

An Update on Data Governance for Sidewalk Toronto

We believe Quayside can set a new model for responsible data use in cities — anchored by an independent Civic Data Trust.

Alyssa Harvey Dawson
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
Model Lab

Introducing Replica, a next-generation urban planning tool

De-identified location data can help answer key transportation questions — from a regional level all the way down to a city block.

Nick Bowden
4 Apr
Open-Source Tool

The Old Toronto map tool helps you explore the city through historical photos

The Old Toronto map tool helps you explore the city through old photos

Dan Vanderkam and Matt Breuer
3 Mar
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 vision of city transportation, circa 2043

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

Eric Jaffe
2 Feb
Vision

Announcing Coord: The integration platform for mobility providers, navigation tools, and urban infrastructure

By connecting app developers to services such as parking, tolls, and bike-share, Coord can unlock a seamless trip experience for people in cities.

Stephen Smyth
2 Feb
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

Disease Mapping: New Technology Meets an Ancient Discipline

The ability to track — and thus limit — the spread of disease paved the way for modern urban growth.

11 Nov
15 Innovations That Shaped the City

GTFS: The Promise of Data-Driven Public Transit

Standardized transit data is a harbinger of a future where the fastest way to get around doesn’t require a private car.

11 Nov
Blog Post

Making the most of city parks and the public realm means learning more about how people use them.

Making the most of city parks and the public realm means learning more about how people use them.

Rohit T. Aggarwala
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
VISION

Reimagining cities from the internet up

Over the past year, Sidewalk Labs conducted a detailed thought experiment on the future of cities. Here’s what we learned, and how we hope to accelerate urban innovation.

Daniel L. Doctoroff
11 Nov
Hackathons

Sidewalk held a two-day midsummer engineering hackathon. Here’s what we built.

A park meet-up router, a reference for urban designers, and a yellow cab counter.

9 Sep
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

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