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How Cities Reshape the Evolutionary Path of Urban Wildlife

How Cities Reshape the Evolutionary Path of Urban Wildlife

The northwest corner of Newark Bay is the kind of place comedians have in mind when they mock New Jersey as a cesspool. The grim industrial coast the bay shares with the Passaic River is lined with the hulks of old chemical plants that treated their surroundings like a toilet. The most infamous of these…
Cities Are Trying—Again—to Plan for Autonomous Vehicles

Cities Are Trying—Again—to Plan for Autonomous Vehicles

On the one hand, autonomous vehicles offer an excellent opportunity to rethink how American cities operate, down to each lane line, crosswalk, and curb. Two years ago, the National Association of City Transportation Officials, representing 81 North American cities, published its first planning guide to self-driving vehicles, highlighting the possibilities. If everyone moves around on…
How Smaller Cities Are Luring High-Tech Talent

How Smaller Cities Are Luring High-Tech Talent

It was the spring of 2010 and Erik Johnson had just graduated from the University of Vermont with a bachelor’s in economics. Two years prior, Johnson had moved to Burlington from Boston to finish his degree, attracted by the Green Mountain State’s natural beauty and laid-back culture. Vermont had a lot of perks for an…
Cities must plan ahead for innovation without leaving people behind

Cities must plan ahead for innovation without leaving people behind

More posts by this contributor From Toronto to Tokyo, the challenges faced by cities today are often remarkably similar: climate change, rising housing costs, traffic, economic polarization, unemployment. To tackle these problems, new technology companies and industries have been sprouting and scaling up with innovative digital solutions like ride sharing and home sharing. Without a…
Cities: Skylines is Turing Complete

Cities: Skylines is Turing Complete

(Non-clickbait title: building a 4-bit adder in Cities:Skylines.)Cities: Skylines is a city simulation game that is complex enough to build universal logic gates in it. Using universal logic gates it is possible to construct any circuit including Turing complete machines. So, just like in Minecraft one can build a computer inside Cities: Skylines. However, it…
The 20 Most Bike-Friendly Cities on the Planet

The 20 Most Bike-Friendly Cities on the Planet

As trends come and go, simple design stands the test of time. And nowhere is that more evident these days than in urban mobility. With everything from autonomous cars to dockless pogosticks vying to be the next big thing, the bicycle continues to shine as the most efficient, practical, and reliable solution to urban mobility.…
These Cities Will Track Scooters to Get a Handle on Regulation

These Cities Will Track Scooters to Get a Handle on Regulation

David Paul Morris/Getty ImagesIt’s moving day for a controversial data standard that has pitted cities against some private transportation companies, like Uber and Lyft, that want to operate on their streets. On Tuesday, 15 cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, San Francisco, and Bogota, Colombia, said they’ve created a nonprofit called the Open…
A tale of two cities: Why ransomware will just get worse

A tale of two cities: Why ransomware will just get worse

It was the worst of times, it was the worst of times. — Deal or no deal, either way cities pay through the nose because of failed IT practices. Sean Gallagher - Jun 21, 2019 9:40 pm UTC Enlarge / Baltimore, Maryland; Riviera Beach, Florida. Both got ransomware, and the outcomes were... the worst of…
5G and smart cities: everything you need to know

5G and smart cities: everything you need to know

News 5G and smart cities: everything you need to know (Image credit: Image Credit: Jamesteohart / Shutterstock) After years of anticipation, 5G networks are finally here, promising to propel us into a new era of connectivity.Offering a major step-up from 4G networks, 5G offers huge upgrades in terms of speed and latency, giving you the…
What can cities learn from Amazon HQ?

What can cities learn from Amazon HQ?

Hollie Russon Gilman Contributor More posts by this contributor Aliya Bhatia is a recent graduate from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs with a Master's of Public Administration. She is particularly interested in the intersection of technology, urban policy and civil liberties. With the backlash from Amazon HQ fresh in our minds, it’s…

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