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
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.

Rohit T. Aggarwala
7 Jul
parks

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.

Eric Jaffe
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
urban data

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.

Eric Jaffe
6 Jun
Features

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.

Sidewalk Labs Editorial
6 Jun
Design

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.

Vanessa Quirk
5 May
Features

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.

5 May
Q&A

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.

Vanessa Quirk
5 May
prototype

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.

Samara Trilling
5 May
Model Lab

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.

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 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.

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
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