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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
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
Prototype

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.

Shaina Doar and James Merkin
1 Jan
Q&A

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.

Eric Jaffe
1 Jan
Q&A

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.

Eric Jaffe
1 Jan
Event Video

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.

12 Dec
15 Innovations That Shaped the City

N-1-1: The Rise (and Surprise) of Three-Digit City Services

The evolution of 911, 311, and other local numbers into digital services promises to make cities far more responsive.

12 Dec
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
META

The Sidewalk Weekly Newsletter Archive

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

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
Event Video

How Will Retail Impact the Street Life of our Future Cities?

With retail changing in the digital age, we held a Sidewalk Talk to discuss how to help that transformation have a positive, inclusive impact on the public realm.

11 Nov
15 Innovations That Shaped the City

Firefighting Advances: Rising from the Ashes to Make a Safer City

A series of innovations — from fire codes to extinguishers to exits — saved lives, protected cities, and transformed building design.

11 Nov
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
15 Innovations That Shaped the City

Steam Engines: Giving Cities Industrial Might

Steam power brought industry, electricity, and opportunity into cities, but it also paved the way for fossil fuels to damage the planet.

10 Oct
15 Innovations That Shaped the City

Traction Motor: Putting the Mass in Mass Transit

By giving rise to powerful new streetcar and subway systems, Frank Sprague's electric motor forever changed commuting and urban development.

10 Oct
15 Innovations That Shaped the City

Safety Bicycles: How Pedals Powered Urban Change

The affordable — and, more importantly, rideable — new design provided unprecedented freedom of movement.

10 Oct
Vision

Announcing Cityblock: Bringing a new approach to urban health, one block at a time

The healthcare system is failing many of our families and communities. Our new company aims to build a scalable solution to address the root causes of health for underserved urban populations.

Iyah Romm, Co-Founder and CEO, Cityblock Health
10 Oct
15 Innovations That Shaped the City

Electric Lighting: Dawn of Urban Nightlife

Edison's incandescent bulb gave rise to profound new possibilities for work and play in cities.

9 Sep
Visual Exploration

Street Life After Retail: 5 Scenarios That Imagine the Future

A visual tour of how e-commerce and digitization might impact city streetscapes—for better or worse.

Eric Baczuk, Jesse Shapins and Johanna Greenbaum
9 Sep