Introducing “City of the Future” — a Podcast from Sidewalk Labs
Each episode explores one idea or innovation that will transform cities.
Tackling the Opioid Crisis, One Sewage Sample at a Time
A Sidewalk Talk Q&A with Newsha Ghaeli of the wastewater epidemiology startup Biobot Analytics.
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 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.
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.
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.
Urban history series
15 Innovations That Shaped the City
A Sidewalk Talk series that explores some of the major advances in urban technology, design, and policy across history — from Roman sewers to real-time transit.
A blueprint to help cities and Airbnb get along
Despite a sharp divide over regulations, it’s possible to find common ground in three basic policy principles.
‘Give in’ or ‘get out’ can’t be the only two options with cities and Uber/Lyft
A connected streets vision can’t truly take off if these sides don’t come together.
‘Connected streets’ and the next generation of urban mobility
A Sidewalk Talk with James Corless and Russell Brooks of Transportation for America.
The great innovative power of crowded streets
The more connected a city, physically and digitally, the more inventive it becomes.
4 lessons from Rio’s ‘flawed’ smart cities initiative
A new analysis finds that, despite doing some good, the program often forgot to focus on the people.
How ‘pink’ zoning can jumpstart urban development
Cities can lighten the red tape. Technology can help.
How Estonia became a global model for e-government
A tiny country has turned into a civic tech giant.
What smart cities can learn from Singapore’s Smart Nation
A Sidewalk Talk with Jacqueline Poh, managing director of the Infocomm Development Authority
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.
Innovation, cities, and the optimistic case for economic growth in the digital age
A review of Robert Gordon's new book, "The Rise and Fall of American Growth."