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.
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.
Why Europe’s parks and playgrounds are so much more active than America’s
A Sidewalk Talk Q&A with Meghan Talarowski of Studio Ludo on the keys to more playable cities.
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.
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.
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.
The architects building Toronto’s past into its future
The firm Lebel & Bouliane has become known for adaptive reuse projects — like the new Sidewalk Toronto workspace, “307” — that make history an integral part of their designs.
When affordable housing starts in a factory
Amid a housing crisis, several North American cities are turning to modular construction to get new buildings off the ground more quickly and less costly.
How Toronto could lead the wooden skyscraper revolution
A Sidewalk Talk Q&A with architect and designer Luigi Ferrara on the Arbour — a 12-story wood building for George Brown College’s waterfront campus.
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.
Introducing Replica, a next-generation urban planning tool
Anonymized location data can help answer key transportation questions — from a regional level all the way down to a city block.
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
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.
A model for inclusive housing grows in Toronto’s Regent Park
A Sidewalk Talk Q&A on housing affordability with University of Toronto urban studies scholar Shauna Brail.
A vision of city transportation, circa 2043
A Sidewalk Talk Q&A with forward-looking transport scholar David Levinson.
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.
We prototyped a tool called Park Time to bring neighbors together.
Social isolation is a growing challenge for city residents. We prototyped a tool called Park Time to help parents connect.
The power of ‘networked governance’ to solve city problems
A Sidewalk Talk Q&A with Bruce Katz and Jeremy Nowak, authors of The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism, on the new era of public, private, and civic collaboration.
The future of public space is now arriving—beneath a busy highway
A Sidewalk Talk Q&A with urban designer Ken Greenberg on Toronto's Bentway.
Building the Energy-Efficient Neighborhoods of Tomorrow
We held a Sidewalk Talk Idea Tour to explore five emerging technologies and design innovations that can lead to more sustainable cities.