Future Cities

What will urban living look like in the years to come? Join us as we explore what's next for major cities in the United States—from driverless cars to floating neighbourhoods

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If, like many city dwellers, you find yourself wondering what daily life is going to look like in the near future, then we hear you. We're living in a time where artificial intelligence is beginning to shape the way we live, work, commute and spend our free time—and where innovators, futurists and entrepreneurs are responding to the challenges of our changing world with game-changing ideas and inventions.

It's enough to make your head spin; which is why we're delving deeper into the future we know is approaching, and investigating the developments that could shift the way we exist in the coming decades.

What's next for New York?

What New York’s skyline will look like in 10 years
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What New York’s skyline will look like in 10 years

An exclusive rendering of the NYC of the future, from giant developments to soaring starchitect towers.

NYC will roll out thousands more kiosks offering free public Wi-Fi
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NYC will roll out thousands more kiosks offering free public Wi-Fi

Can we look forward to a free public network that blankets the city?

A sneak peek at NYC's brand-new neighborhood, Hudson Yards
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A sneak peek at NYC's brand-new neighborhood, Hudson Yards

The most exciting new additions coming next year to the futuristic enclave.

This could be the hottest NYC neighborhood in fifty years
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This could be the hottest NYC neighborhood in fifty years

We speak to experts about the borough that is going to blow up over the next 50 years.

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Self-driving cars may not be coming to New York anytime soon
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Self-driving cars may not be coming to New York anytime soon

Automated vehicles might seem like the next big thing—but there are some bumps in the road.

What about other major US cities?

How LA could become a flying-car utopia by 2023
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How LA could become a flying-car utopia by 2023

Angelenos, we need to take back those 102 hours we lost last year sitting in traffic.

Driverless cars could become a reality in San Francisco by 2023
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Driverless cars could become a reality in San Francisco by 2023

Try to imagine a future San Francisco where parking isn't a problem...

Could the Chicago River be home to the Windy City's next big transit idea?
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Could the Chicago River be home to the Windy City's next big transit idea?

The lesser-appreciated Chicago River is becoming a vital asset to the city’s economic rebound.