Driverless cars as life savers, pigeons as pedestrians, lip readers as crime stoppers, and alcoholicAlissa Walker11/25/13 3:40pmFiled to: Urban ReadsUrbanismcitiesgooglesanta monicaoaxacapigeonsNew york cityamsterdam102EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalink Driverless cars as life savers, pigeons as pedestrians, lip readers as crime stoppers, and alcoholics as city employees. These are just a few of the urban reads on our radar this week. Advertisement "Every year we delay this, more people die": On Google's driverless car [New Yorker]The city of Santa Monica is developing a "well-being index" kinda like Bhutan's study of Gross National Happiness [Santa Monica Mirror]New York is a city of old forts and stockades—but does the area around the World Trade Center site really need to be so militarized? [Manhattan Past]3.15 percent of the world's population live outside the country where they were born; here's where they moved [People Movin]20 deaf police officers named "Angels of Silence" solve crimes in Oaxaca by reading lips on footage captured by surveillance cameras [Gizmodo]A new study shows that random violence is hardly ever random: If you have a social connection to someone killed in a homicide, you're more likely to be at risk [Next City]"I see them as pedestrians: literally walking on the sidewalk and sitting on benches with us... They use public space just like people do, and they affect how we interact in public space": An urban sociologist discusses pigeons [Urban Omnibus—the same sociologist led a "pigeon-related landmark tour" of New York City a few weeks ago]The way we work and how we get there means we no longer have central business districts. Welcome to the age of polycentric cities [Scientific American]Just so you know: New York City's most toxic sites and how to avoid them [Co.Exist]Amsterdam taps alcoholics to clean the city… and pays them in beer [UBM's Future Cities]Opening image courtesy of Dan Marker-Moore—who you should be following on Instagram. Got an Instagram of your own you'd like us to use in our next link round-up? Tag it #gizmodocities and we'll be in touch if we want to post.