How to Build a Smart City

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Google’s Sidewalk Labs wants to use technology to redefine urban life by literally building a district of Toronto from the ground up. (Photo: Pixabay)

Season 8, Episode 6

We are in the midst of a historic (and wholly unpredicted) rise in urbanization. But it’s hard to retrofit old cities for the 21st century. Enter Dan Doctoroff. The man who helped modernize New York City — and tried to bring the Olympics there — is now C.E.O. of a Google-funded startup that is building, from scratch, the city of the future.

To find out more, check out the podcast from which this hour was drawn: “How to Build a Smart City” and “Thinking Is Expensive. Who’s Supposed to Pay for It?