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Cities did an admirable job managing the curb in a hurry when COVID-19 changed everything on the street. But the future needs more, and it’s all about the data. By Adam Wenneman

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HE CURBSIDE IS A WIDELY USED AND POORLY UNDERSTOOD municipal

asset that quietly facilitates nearly every aspect of our urban transportation systems. It provides a considerable portion of urban parking supply, serves as the final link in the last mile for commercial goods delivery, and makes the billion-dollar ride-sharing industry possible. But given the significant role it plays in making modern cities work, the way some cities regulate and communicate the curbside is outdated and a poor fit for the modern curbside.

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