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The Sidewalk Weekly Newsletter Archive

December 2, 2017

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Never again wonder what we were thinking, doing, and reading about the future of cities on a given week.

The Sidewalk Weekly Newsletter gets sent out every Friday. You can find a full archive of past issues below, and you can subscribe to the newsletter at the bottom of the Sidewalk Labs website. You can also reach out directly via email.

2019

  • Issue #162: Single-family zoning’s retreat. Plus, next week, the MIDP. (21 Jun 2019)
  • Issue #161: Co-living grows up. Plus, why are privacy policies so bad? (14 Jun 2019)
  • Issue #160: How Barcelona puts people ahead of tech. Plus, the MIDP is coming… (7 Jun 2019)
  • Issue #159: Explaining the retail crisis — and revival. Plus, anticipating AVs. (31 May 2019)
  • Issue #158: Stormwater rising. Plus, London looks to data to help fix the Tube. (24 May 2019)
  • Issue #157: Collab, a new tool for community participation. Plus, reimagining retail. (17 May 2019)
  • Issue #156: 36 Torontonians release their report on our project. Plus, the missing middle. (10 May 2019)
  • Issue #155: Seeing a big future in micromobility. ICYMI: Our new street design principles. (3 May 2019)
  • Issue #154: Four design principles for future city streets. Plus, emoji mapping. (26 Apr 2019)
  • Issue #153: These icons could help us understand the urban tech around us. (19 Apr 2019)
  • Issue #152: Welcome to the city of lifelong learning. Plus, a Weekly milestone. (12 Apr 2019)
  • Issue #151: Congestion pricing for the win. Plus, open curbs. (5 Apr 2019)
  • Issue #150: Introducing CommonSpace, an easier way to study public life. (29 Mar 2019)
  • Issue #149: How transit can unlock new development. Plus, more mobility must-reads. (22 Mar 2019)
  • Issue #148: Join our project on digital transparency. Plus, co-housing vs. co-living. (15 Mar 2019)
  • Issue #147: Photos from our Open Sidewalk. Plus, join our Sustainability team. (8 Mar 2019)
  • Issue #146: We’re unveiling new prototypes in Toronto tomorrow. See you there? (1 Mar 2019)
  • Issue #145: The Estonia example. Plus, some reactions to our Toronto project update. (22 Feb)
  • Issue #144: An update on our Sidewalk Toronto project. Plus, new images! (15 Feb)
  • Issue #143: We want your podcast ideas. Plus, bringing data into development. (8 Feb)
  • Issue #142Sidewalk’s accessibility principles. Plus, self-driving snowplows. (1 Feb)
  • Issue #141: Climate Positive — is it even possible? Plus, listen to our live show. (25 Jan)
  • Issue #140: The future of care in urban communities. Plus, filling the “missing middle.” (18 Jan)
  • Issue #139: Mass Timber on the rise. Plus, join us at the Brooklyn Podcast Festival! (11 Jan)

2018

  • Issue #138: The 12 most popular Sidewalk stories of 2018. Plus, happy holidays! (21 Dec)
  • Issue #137: A housing unit for the 21st century. Plus, a Replica pilot. (14 Dec)
  • Issue #136: Our podcast season finale. Plus, come see us live! (7 Dec)
  • Issue #135: A draft site plan for Quayside. Plus, our latest podcast episode. (30 Nov)
  • Issue #134: Our latest podcast delivers. Plus, a wasteful Q&A. (16 Nov)
  • Issue #133: Our HQ2 cents. Plus, 27 recommendations from the Sidewalk Toronto Fellows. (9 Nov)
  • Issue #132: Stuck in traffic? We have a podcast for that. Plus, more on urban data. (2 Nov)
  • Issue #131: The pavement of the future. Plus, our commitment to data privacy. (26 Oct)
  • Issue #130: Our proposed model for urban data use. Plus, podcast episode 2! (19 Oct)
  • Issue #129: How do you make a building raincoat? Plus, mass timber momentum. (12 Oct)
  • Issue #128: Our new podcast, City of the Future, is out today. Plus, subscribe? (5 Oct)
  • Issue #127: What’s a microclimate? (And why it matters). Plus, a new Code for Canada pilot. (28 Sept)
  • Issue #126: Building the agile city. Plus, our next Open Sidewalk. (21 Sept)
  • Issue #125: The future of urban delivery. Plus, the Sidewalk podcast, coming soon. (14 Sept)
  • Issue #124: It’s accessibility month at Sidewalk. Plus, a “playful” Q&A. (7 Sept)
  • Issue #123: 7 Sidewalk reads for your long weekend. (Or, what we did this summer.) (31 Aug)
  • Issue #122: 3 great long-reads for your weekend. Plus, our next public talk topic. (24 Aug)
  • Issue #121: A first look at our future city: wood towers, building “raincoats,” and more. (17 Aug)
  • Issue #120: Tackling the opioid crisis with sewage data. Plus, watch our next public roundtable. (10 Aug)
  • Issue #119: Our public talks are back! Plus, take our 7-question survey. (3 Aug)
  • Issue #118: How cities are keeping families downtown. Plus, take our newsletter survey! (27 Jul)
  • Issue#117: In photos: our prototype for future streets. Plus, a new exploration in Toronto. (20 Jul)
  • Issue #116: Our 11-point guide to an AV future. Plus, a Sidewalk hack for Pokemon Go. (13 Jul)
  • Issue #115: A short newsletter today: 10 great blog posts you may have missed. (6 Jul)
  • Issue #114: The secrets to a mixed-income neighborhood. Plus, lessons from Songdo. (29 Jun)
  • Issue #113: A first look inside our new Toronto workshop. Plus, designing cities for kids. (22 Jun)
  • Issue #112: All the benefits of real-time transit data. Plus, Detroit’s futuristic traffic lights. (15 Jun)
  • Issue #111: A Florida county bets on micro-transit. Plus, Freakonomics talks cities with us. (8 Jun)
  • Issue #110: Come visit our new experimental workspace. Plus, we’re hiring a mobility pro. (1 Jun)
  • Issue #109: What’s an “ambient loop,” and how can it fight climate change? Glad you asked… (25 May)
  • Issue #108: The great promise of modular housing. Plus, open-source demo updates. (18 May)
  • Issue #107: Preparing our cities for driverless cars. Plus, a Q&A on wooden skyscrapers. (11 May)
  • Issue #106: Two releases: an open-source transit explorer and a privacy framework. (4 May)
  • Issue #105: Watch our panel on affordable housing. Plus, OldTO is now open source. (27 Apr)
  • Issue #104: Urban data should be open data. Plus, how to make cities more “playable.” (20 Apr)
  • Issue #103: Our approach to housing innovation. Plus, the promise of participatory budgeting. (13 Apr)
  • Issue #102: Introducing Replica, a next-generation urban planning tool. (6 Apr)
  • Issue #101: Check out our new vision video series. Plus, join our next public talk (30 Mar)
  • Issue #100: Introducing two new tools: mapping Toronto history and coding SF curbs (23 Mar)
  • Issue #99: Join or watch our first Sidewalk Toronto public roundtable. Plus, the end of main street? (16 Mar)
  • Issue #98: Check out our open-source traffic simulation tool. Plus, bus GPS FTW (9 Mar)
  • Issue #97: An event on the future of complete streets. Plus, are cities the new start-ups? (2 Mar)
  • Issue #96: A global model for mixed-income housing. Plus, apply for a fellowship (23 Feb)
  • Issue #95: Our Olympic Medals Per Capita tracker is back. Plus, a Sidewalk Toronto update (16 Feb)
  • Issue #94: Why future streets won’t have sidewalks. Plus, a vision of cities in 2043 (9 Feb)
  • Issue #93: We’ve launched a new mobility platform. Plus, how to get involved in Sidewalk Toronto (2 Feb)
  • Issue #92: Amazon Go and the future of retail. Plus, a civic tech talk in NYC (26 Jan)
  • Issue #91: We prototyped a tool to bring neighbors together. Plus, the future of streets (19 Jan)
  • Issue #90: Our Reddit “Ask Me Anything” on Sidewalk Toronto. Plus, the new localism (12 Jan)
  • Issue #89: A vision for the future of public space. Plus, Cityblock Health raises $20 million (5 Jan)

2017

  • Issue #88: Our year in review. Plus, best of the blog 2017 and Toronto town hall feedback (22 Dec)
  • Issue #87:Watch video of our Sidewalk Talk event on energy. Plus, the first true digital state (15 Dec)
  • Issue #86: Answering 5 key questions about Sidewalk Toronto. Plus, a mobility pilot (8 Dec)
  • Issue #85: There’s still time to join our next live event! Plus, the history of GPS (1 Dec)
  • Issue #84: Watch the full video of our “Street Life After Retail” event. Plus, we’re hiring (17 Nov)
  • Issue #83: Join us for a live event on energy efficiency! Plus, self-driving taxis are finally here (10 Nov)
  • Issue #82: The neighborhood of the future starts with community feedback (3 Nov)
  • Issue #81: The future city is a blast from the past. Plus, join or watch our Nov. 1 Town Hall (27 Oct)
  • Issue #80: Announcing Sidewalk Toronto: Our vision for a neighborhood of the future (20 Oct)
  • Issue #79: Planning our self-driving future. Plus, don’t forget to apply to our next live event (13 Oct)
  • Issue #78: Announcing Cityblock Health. Plus, join us for an event on the future of retail (6 Oct)
  • Issue #77: We’re hiring a Director of Mobility. Plus, improving travel options for non-drivers (29 Sept)
  • Issue #76: Street Life After Retail: 5 Future Scenarios. Plus, Sidewalk’s slimmer newsletter (22 Sept)
  • Issue #75: Sidewalk’s CEO on New York City’s comeback. Plus, Apple’s other announcement (15 Sept)
  • Issue #74: 15 innovations that shaped cities. Plus, the return of Sidewalk live events (8 Sept)
  • Issue #73: Tech’s role in disaster recovery. Plus, Singapore’s Smart Nation and data privacy (1 Sept)
  • Issue #72: Waymo’s secret road simulator. Plus, a new Smart Cities Collaborative pilot (25 Aug)
  • Issue #71: The death of human jobs has been greatly exaggerated. Plus, e-curbs rising (18 Aug)
  • Issue #70: We’re working with Smart City Challenge winner Columbus to improve mobility (11 Aug)
  • Issue #69: We held a design sprint to build a smart trash chute. Here’s what we learned (4 Aug)
  • Issue #68: Introducing Semaphore Lab. Plus, lessons from a Lyft-transit partnership (28 July)
  • Issue #67: Meet our portfolio company Intersection. Plus, designing driverless cities (21 July)
  • Issue #66: Where early smart cities efforts went wrong. Plus, parking’s impact on rent (14 July)
  • Issue #65: Improving parks with data. Plus, we’re hiring a Director of Public Realm Tech (7 July)
  • Issue #64: The next frontier of urban sustainability. Plus, the launch of InLinkUK (June 30)
  • Issue #63: The latest from our Smart Cities Collaborative on the future of urban mobility (23 June)
  • Issue #62: Driving costs are hidden. Revealing them with digital tools can help reduce traffic (16 June)
  • Issue #61: What history can teach us about job automation. Plus, Intersection’s new CEO (9 June)
  • Issue #60: Now more than ever, urban-tech must offer global models for climate action (2 June)
  • Issue #59: Introducing an open-source planning tool from our Model Lab (26 May)
  • Issue #58: What does “as a service” really mean? Plus, the promise of tall timber(19 May)
  • Issue #57: The troubling “owner-renter divide.” Plus, street policy must put pedestrians first (12 May)
  • Issue #56: Self-driving transit will power the future of urban mobility. Plus, Smart Cities NYC (5 May)
  • Issue #55: The urgency of housing affordability. Plus, institutional innovation (28 April)
  • Issue #54: Urban districts as laboratories of innovation. Plus, Sidewalk’s new website (14 April)
  • Issue #53: Democratizing urban solutions with data: Introducing Model Lab (31 March)
  • Issue #52: Urban innovation doesn’t just mean technology. Plus, the productivity paradox (24 March)
  • Issue #51: The best of urban-tech history. Plus, the push against private cars in cities (17 March)
  • Issue #50: The urgent need for inclusive tech growth. Plus, the privacy policy as comic book (10 March)
  • Issue #49: The next-generation intersection helps all modes share the street (3 March)
  • Issue #48: Introducing a new map tool: how long it takes to get anywhere in NYC by transit (24 February)
  • Issue #47: The big benefits of better travel data. Plus, the city as “innovation machine” (17 February)
  • Issue #46: Do future city visions focus too much on tech? Plus, the fight for digital equity (10 February)
  • Issue #45: Urban-tech’s commitment to inclusivity. Plus, data’s role in Vision Zero (3 February)
  • Issue #44: The case for urban optimism; a recap of our healthcare event (27 January)
  • Issue #43: U.S. Digital Service in the Trump era. Plus: last call to join our healthcare event (20 January)
  • Issue #42: Data is the new concrete; goodbye parking minimums; hello lifelong learning (13 January)
  • Issue #41: What’s to come for urban-tech in 2017; join us for our next Sidewalk Talk event (6 January)

2016

  • Issue #40: Rethinking urban healthcare for the digital age; the best of the blog 2016 (22 December)
  • Issue #39: Video from our housing event, economic mobility falling, car-free mobility rising (16 December)
  •  Issue #38: The benefits of turning housing construction into housing production (9 December 2016)
  • Issue #37: Reimagining cities from the internet up (2 December 2016)
  • Issue #36: Join us for a live event on how technology can improve housing affordability (23 November)
  • Issue #35: The role of cities in a self-driving world; in search of a healthcare entrepreneur (18 November)
  • Issue #34: What Trump means for tech and cities; last call for our autonomous vehicle forum (11 November)
  • Issue #33: E-lectoral college: How tech can help cities engage the public (4 November)
  • Issue #32: LinkUK launches, the housing crisis worsens, and 16 cities join our mobility collaborative (28 October)
  • Issue #31:  Join us for a live event on the city’s role in autonomous vehicles (21 October)
  • Issue #30: Obama talks AI and the future of work; Sidewalk seeks a housing entrepreneur (14 October)
  • Issue #29: Copying Barcelona’s superblocks, accelerating urban technology, taming AI (7 October)
  • Issue #28: $80 million for smart cities, POTUS calls for new zoning rules, biking the last mile (30 September)
  • Issue #27: The First Principles of Urbanism: Part II, and the end of circling for parking (23 September)
  • Issue #26: The First Principles of Urbanism: Part I, and a city-led economic recovery (16 September)
  • Issue #25: Digital discrimination, public-private mobility, the blockchain beyond bitcoin (9 September)
  • Issue #24: Our engineers held a 2-day hackathon. Here’s what they built (2 September)
  • Issue #23: Coding the curb, what “smart city” really means, NYC’s new chief digital officer (26 August)
  • Issue #22: Why smart cities fail, Uber’s taxibot launch, Habitat III’s urban-tech agenda (19 August)
  • Issue #21: The Digital Divide, China’s Traffic-Straddling Bus, a New Smart City Collaborative (12 August)
  • Issue #20: Where the Rio Olympics Meet Urban Technology (5 August)
  • Issue #19: Introducing an Open Map Tool for Civic Hackers (29 July)
  • Issue #18: The Optimism of the Connected City (22 July)
  • Issue #17: Love It or Hate It: Pokémon Go Is Inspiring Urban Exploration (15 July)
  • Issue #16: How Tech Can Ease the Affordable Housing Crisis (8 July
  • Issue #15: The Biggest Problems Urban Planners Have to Solve (1 July)
  • Issue #14: Will Driverless Cars Make Sprawl Worse? (24 June)
  • Issue #13: The Power of Data to Improve City Services (17 June)
  • Issue #12: One Last Pitch for a $50 Million Prize (10 June)
  • Issue #11: An Exciting New Partnership Announcement (3 June)
  • Issue #10: The Future of Urban Mobility (27 May)
  • Issue #9: Sidewalk Weekly – May 20, 2016
  • Issue #8: Sidewalk Weekly – 13 May 2016
  • Issue #7: Sidewalk Weekly – 6 May 2016
  • Issue #6: Sidewalk Weekly – 29 April 2016
  • Issue #5: Sidewalk Weekly – 22 April 2016
  • Issue #4: Sidewalk Weekly – 15 April 2016
  • Issue #3: Sidewalk Weekly – 8 April 2016
  • Issue #2: Sidewalk Weekly – 1 April 2016
  • Issue #1: Sidewalk Weekly – 25 March 2016

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