Sidewalk Talk

Sidewalk Talk

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
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
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
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
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

The benefits of turning housing construction into housing production

Much residential housing is still built the same way it was 50 years ago, despite emerging technologies that can help reduce costs and increase affordability.

Eric Baczuk
12 Dec
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
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
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 great innovative power of crowded streets

The more connected a city, physically and digitally, the more inventive it becomes.

Eric Jaffe
5 May
BLOG POST

How ‘pink’ zoning can jumpstart urban development

Cities can lighten the red tape. Technology can help.

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