25 episodes

A light-hearted chat show providing your weekly dose of urban tech news. Hosted by Sidewalk Labs' Eric Jaffe and Vanessa Quirk.

The Sidewalk Weekly Sidewalk Labs

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    • 4.7 • 21 Ratings

A light-hearted chat show providing your weekly dose of urban tech news. Hosted by Sidewalk Labs' Eric Jaffe and Vanessa Quirk.

    Going on hiatus

    Going on hiatus

    The Sidewalk Weekly is taking a break, so we can dedicate ourselves to City of the Future season 3. Here's how you can find us in the meantime:

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    See you in the future!

    • 2 min
    Zoning wins, lending algorithms, and bare naked boar chases

    Zoning wins, lending algorithms, and bare naked boar chases

    The top stories [1:18-11:30]:
    - Consumption and cities https://bit.ly/33YCxrC
    - Portland’s zoning reform https://bloom.bg/2E16zA3

    Samara Trilling on mortgage lending algorithms. [11:54 -21:58] https://bit.ly/31TicBu / https://bit.ly/2CqQsva

    What made us smile [22:05-23:55]:
    - Future predictions from 1964 https://bit.ly/2PSk087
    - Official city wizards https://cnn.it/2DZlbzY

    • 24 min
    Streetlight fights, reparations, and no-drama llamas

    Streetlight fights, reparations, and no-drama llamas

    The top stories [1:24-15:47]:
    - Covid and the affordability crisis https://nyti.ms/2DMogn2 / https://bit.ly/3fywn3v / https://bit.ly/3ip3vwJ
    - San Diego pushes back on “smart” streetlights https://bloom.bg/31yB8oM
    - Cities consider reparations: https://bit.ly/2C7PQKV / https://lat.ms/3a3s0we

    Emily Anthes on her book The Great Indoors. [16:09 - 22:45] https://bit.ly/3kmVQk2

    What made us smile [22:52-25:0]:
    - Cleaning robots https://nyti.ms/30BWgez
    - Hairdressers https://bit.ly/2PuUyFw

    • 25 min
    Desert urbanism, algorithms, and inebriated emus

    Desert urbanism, algorithms, and inebriated emus

    The top stories [1:32-16:15]:
    - Why single-family zoning isn’t enough https://bloom.bg/3gimtnR / https://bit.ly/3k8WRMK
    - Could algorithms help prevent discrimination? https://bit.ly/2D9VnAW
    - Walls make a comeback https://bit.ly/3jXKra9

    Journalist Laura Raskin on “desert urbanism.” [16:37-22:33] https://bit.ly/2BN9pbh

    What made us smile [22:38-25:13]:
    - Laundry Shop Couple https://bit.ly/2Pc3VtD
    - 4 pioneering female architects https://nyti.ms/310W33E

    • 25 min
    Taiwan's open data, the ADA's legacy, and a robo hair cut

    Taiwan's open data, the ADA's legacy, and a robo hair cut

    The top stories [1:50-12:55]
    - Taiwan’s open data https://bit.ly/39opznI / https://bit.ly/39paL8p
    - The power of bike lanes https://bit.ly/2CDgonE

    Accessibility consultant Karen Braitmayer on the ADA’s legacy. [13:15-21:55] https://nyti.ms/32RaVEr

    What made us smile [22:00-24:30]
    - Real-Time Crowding Info https://bit.ly/2CYkjuV
    - Robo barber experiment https://bit.ly/3eWPdkA

    • 25 min
    Serendipity, stormwater, and streateries

    Serendipity, stormwater, and streateries

    The top stories [1:46-16:52]
    - The clean tech we need https://bit.ly/3haOBcy
    - Serendipity & Silicon Valley https://bit.ly/2ZDW0Lz
    - A tale of two soundscapes https://bit.ly/3h9tirR

    Journalist Philip Preville on Kansas City’s stormwater innovation. [17:12-23:30] https://bit.ly/2B7BrxG

    What made us smile [23:34-26:25]
    - Noise-canceling apartments https://nyti.ms/30psWXm
    - NYC streateries https://bit.ly/3h8GflH

    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Steph Roa ,

Great podcast for planners, designers, and city dwellers!

I look forward to this podcast every Friday - it’s my weekly news roundup that keeps me informed on the latest trends and innovations in the planning and design world. I love the playful banter between the hosts and always end up learning something new.

P.S. This is my first Apple Podcast review! Congrats Sidewalk Labs - I like you all so much that I actually took the time to review! Hope you all stick around.

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