The Sidewalk Weekly: Prefab, privacy, and avocados (Pilot: Feb 28)



The Sidewalk Weekly is a show for people who are big on cities but short on time.

In the first segment [1:20-15:20], hosts Eric Jaffe and Vanessa Quirk discuss this week’s three must-reads:
– Los Angeles and new mobility companies fight over trip data (Laura Bliss, CityLab) https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2020/02/los-angeles-transportation-data-mobility-scooter-mds-uber/606178/
– The challenges of mapping gentrification — and why it matters (Eric Jaffe, Sidewalk Talk) https://medium.com/sidewalk-talk/the-challenges-of-mapping-gentrification-851c13df5b9e
– The Sustainability Potential and Pitfalls of Prefabrication (Shaun Kuo, Urbanist) https://www.theurbanist.org/2020/02/24/the-potential-and-pitfalls-of-prefabricated-buildings/

In the second segment [15:40-22:40], the hosts interview reporter Alan Greenblatt, who just wrote about the only city in the U.S. to have established a Privacy Commission. (Governing) https://www.governing.com/next/What-Cities-Can-Learn-from-the-Nations-Only-Privacy-Commission.html

And in the final segment [22:40-25:00], the hosts share what made them smile this week.
– Eric’s Pick: Barcelona pilots real-time occupancy screens in its subway cars (Intelligent Transport) https://www.intelligenttransport.com/transport-news/96191/barcelona-metro-pilots-real-time-car-occupancy-information-screens/
– Vanessa’s Pick: The MTA vs. John Tauranac (New Yorker) https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/03/02/the-mta-vs-a-diy-cartographer

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