Urban Tech News Roundup - 11/7

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The Built Environment

  • Why Airbnb is more competitive than Uber. Fortune
  • Commercial landlords will play a large role in the future of innovation. VTS Blog
  • Tech-enabled appraisal startup Bowery partners with Cushman and Wakefield to change how buildings are valued. 
  • A guide to smart buildings for CRE owners. 
  • How technology is changing the workplace and the nature of work itself. CRE.tech

Urban Planning and Government

  • Cities and suburbs are becoming more similar. Bloomberg
  • A new study shows that larger cities are more resilient to the unemployment spurred by AI and robotics. MIT
  • Why cities are working with businesses to fight food waste. CityLab
  • Saudi Arabia's $500B fantasy of a utopian megacity. CityLab
  • Urban planning and the great horse manure crisis of 1894. 99% Invisible
  • What UNESCO means to US cities. CityLab

Energy and Natural Resources

  • A federal report shows that it is "extremely likely" that humans cause climate change. 
  • NY Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that NY Green Bank seeks to raise at least an additional $1 billion in private sector funds to expand financing availability for clean energy projects.
  • Tiny African nation Cape Verde will run on 100% renewable energy by 2025. QZ
  • The geopolitical implications of renewable energy. 
Hospital del Niño is first of many solar+storage projects by Tesla

Hospital del Niño is first of many solar+storage projects by Tesla


  • Gizmodo reviews Waymo's self-driving car. 
  • How cities can harness the good and the bad of the new mobility movement. CityFix
  • Looming issue with Tesla's Model 3 production delay: tax credit phase out. 
    • Tesla restored power to a Children's Hospital in Puerto Rico. 
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