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Can America ever rebuild its neighborhoods and communities?

Can America ever rebuild its neighborhoods and communities? We talk a lot about startup ecosystems around these parts, and for good reason. Strong ecosystems have great reservoirs of talent congregated close together, a culture built around helping one another on ambitious projects, and sufficient risk capital to ensure that interesting projects have […]

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May Mobility reveals prototype of a wheelchair-accessible autonomous vehicle

May Mobility reveals prototype of a wheelchair-accessible autonomous vehicle Autonomous transportation startup May Mobility is doing more than just talking about accessibility when it comes to self-driving transportation tech development. The company recently began developing a wheelchair-accessible prototype version of its autonomous shuttle vehicle, and just concluded an initial round of gathering […]

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Sidewalk Labs launches an app to crowdsource public space surveys

Sidewalk Labs launches an app to crowdsource public space surveys Alphabet’s urban planning subsidiary announced today the launch of CommonSpaces. The new app was created to give park operators and community members a place to enter and organize observations about parks and other publics spaces. Interested parties can create a web portal […]

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Lies, damn lies, and HQ2

Lies, damn lies, and HQ2 There are few things certain in our world except for the uplifting tendencies of technology. I’ve spent the past few years trying to prove this to myself, at least, by interviewing hundreds of thinkers on the topic. I’ve come to a singular conclusion: when tech moves into […]

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Photos on social media can predict the health of neighborhoods

Photos on social media can predict the health of neighborhoods The images that appear on social media – happy people eating, cultural happenings, and smiling dogs – can actually predict the likelihood that a neighborhood is “healthy” as well as its level of gentrification. From the report: So says a groundbreaking study […]

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Cities do want to rethink regulations and avoid tech clashes, and here’s some proof

Cities do want to rethink regulations and avoid tech clashes, and here’s some proof  In Jakarta, Indonesia, only 50 percent of the population has access to the piped sewerage system. More than 500,000 residents practice open defecation, and more than one million people discharge wastewater directly into the river, resulting in deteriorated […]

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Teralytics wants to tap telcos’ big data to help cities get smarter about Uber and Lyft

Teralytics wants to tap telcos’ big data to help cities get smarter about Uber and Lyft  Teralytics’s big data analytics platform is targeting government agencies and transport companies wanting to understand complex problems relating to human mobility — from how to relieve transport pressure points to monitoring urban air quality without the need […]

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