Stop Saying ‘Smart Cities’ (The Atlantic)

By Bruce Sterling, Published February 12th, 2018 Digital stardust won’t magically make future cities more affordable or resilient. The term “smart city” is interesting yet not important, because nobody defines it. “Smart” is a snazzy political label used by a modern alliance of leftist urbanites and tech industrialists. To deem yourself “smart” is to make the…

Beware of Google’s Intentions (Wired)

By Susan Crawford In partnering with local governments to create infrastructure, Alphabet says it is only trying to help. Local governments shouldn’t believe it. A DECADE AGO, Chicago handed over control of its parking meters to a cadre of private investors. Officials pitched the deal as an innovative win-win. In exchange for a 75-year lease, the…

Look both ways (The Globe and Mail)

PETER NORTON PUBLISHED JANUARY 19, 2018 Peter Norton is an associate professor in the Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia, and the author of Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City. For pedestrians to be safe, we can’t assume that streets are inherently for cars You’ve seen them. Pedestrians…

The End of Car Ownership (The Wall Street Journal)

By Tim Higgins, Published June 20th, 2017 Ride-sharing and self-driving vehicles will redefine our relationship with cars. Automakers and startups are already gearing up for the change. Cars are going to undergo a lot of changes in the coming years. One of the biggest: You probably won’t own one. Thanks to ride sharing and the…