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✊🏙 Uber expands service offerings 📱 Tesla fails to automate production 🚗 Challenges facing Australian cities 🇦🇺

Hey urbanists! Uber made a big announcement this week, Elon Musk admitted Tesla has a technology prob
April 15 · Issue #29 · View online
Radical Urbanist
Hey urbanists!
Uber made a big announcement this week, Elon Musk admitted Tesla has a technology problem, and The Guardian had a great series on Australian cities. I’ve ended the issue with links to stories from around the world, so I’m sure you’ll find something of interest.
Since I wrote a bit about Uber, I’ll keep this intro short. Have a great Sunday!

Uber adds new services to its app
Ride, Bike, or Drive: Uber Wants to Do All Things Mobility Ride, Bike, or Drive: Uber Wants to Do All Things Mobility
Yonah Freemark
Was reminded of the sad fact that Google Maps not only advertises ride hailing services right under transit options, but also does not do anything of the sort when the user selects driving as the mode option. It’s clear what is being portrayed as competitive with what here.
Uber acquires dockless bike-share startup Jump
Uber's flying cars depend on magical batteries
Breaking through to Elon Musk?
Tesla proves technology is not always the solution
Tesla relied on too many robots to build the Model 3, Elon Musk says
Tesla Model Y production will power up in Nov 2019
Australian cities week
I currently live in Canada, but I used to live in Australian, so I still try to keep up with the goings on down under. The Guardian had a great set of features on the challenges facing Australia’s cities, and I highly recommend at least reading those on Sydney and Melbourne.
  • Melbourne is experiencing massive population growth and is poised to surpass Sydney by the 2030s, but is it making the right decisions to keep its title of “world’s most liveable” city?
  • Sydney’s growth has traditionally been focused on the harbour, but governments have announced a new plan to refocus the metropolis around three centres: Eastern Harbour City, Central River City, and Western Parkland City. It’s an ambitious proposal to ensure everyone is within 30 minutes of essential services, but will it work?
  • The Gold Coast is known as Australia’s Las Vegas, but as it tries to show it’s more than a tourist trap, will the rest of Australia let it throw off its old image?
  • There are also good pieces on the aftermath of the closure of Australia’s last car plant in Adelaide and an experiment with a dementia-friendly village in Hobart.
Other reads from around the world
🇫🇷 83% of Airbnb rentals in Paris do not comply with local regulations
🇩🇪 After year’s of notably low housing prices compared to other Western European capitals, prices in Berlin soared 21% last year
🖋 The urban sketchers drawing cities around the world — beautiful!
🇬🇧 London has a great transport system — unless you’re disabled
✊️❤️ Thanks for reading, and feel free to follow me on Twitter, Medium, or Instagram for even more!

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