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How Data Can Make Our Cities Safer and Smarter

Daniel Arrigg Koh | Posted 01.23.2015 | Technology
Daniel Arrigg Koh

This new model of governing has statistically proven to be a success in Boston. With fewer resources available for more programs, government must be smarter about how it functions.

Common High Expectations: A Conversation With Mayor Kevin Johnson

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 02.01.2015 | Education
Tom Vander Ark

TVA: Since being elected mayor of Sacramento in 2008, your mission has been to make Sacramento "a city that works for everyone." What does that mean in practice?

Cities Tackle Broadband Imperative

John M. Eger | Posted 01.07.2015 | Technology
John M. Eger

Broadband today is as important as waterways, railways and highways were in an earlier era. Having broadband is a necessity. It is something every man and woman and child depends on to succeed in the new economy.

Cities That Work for Everyone

Tom Vander Ark | Posted 12.21.2014 | Business
Tom Vander Ark

Cities, some would argue, are the world's greatest inventions, bringing productivity and opportunity to billions. But for many, cities are a hellhole of poverty and violence offering no visible way out.

Reinventing Our Downtowns

John M. Eger | Posted 12.15.2014 | Arts
John M. Eger

What we do in our schools is becoming a major topic for discussion. What we do in our communities, where most people and our kids spend the majority of their time, is just as important.

Can Parking Help Save Paradise?

John Friedman | Posted 11.08.2014 | Green
John Friedman

Today's parking facilities are no longer the antithesis of environmental responsibility. In fact, the International Parking Institute (IPI) and its affiliate, the Green Parking Council, are working to not only turn them into spaces that contribute to the environment, but also the aesthetic of the world.

Affairs of the Art: The Reinvention of Detroit

John M. Eger | Posted 10.31.2014 | Detroit
John M. Eger

This discussion of the value of the city's collection of some 60,000 pieces of art symbolizes what is happening as the city reinvents itself for the new economy, the creative and innovative economy.

Affairs of the Art: The Reinvention of Detroit

John M. Eger | Posted 10.30.2014 | Arts
John M. Eger

Last week, Reuters reported that a company called Art Capital expressed its willingness to loan the city $4 billion if it uses its artwork as collateral. In fact, the Detroit Institute of Arts' collection may be worth even more.

Exchange Tourism Initiates a Dialogue on Smart Cities

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 09.16.2014 | Technology
Mehrunisa Qayyum

Yet, the push towards urbanization often ignores the social and cultural benefits that rural environments still offer -- and at a lower cost with more sustainable ways to operate.

What The City of the Future Looks Like Today

Wim Elfrink | Posted 06.25.2014 | Impact
Wim Elfrink

This year really heralds the fourth evolution of the Internet: the Internet of Everything (IoE). The Internet first gave us basic connectivity and then a networked economy and immersive experiences, but today, IoE promises to be more disruptive, pervasive and vital to our lives than the Internet itself.

Smart Cities in Canada Need Dynamic Data

Giovanna Mingarelli | Posted 07.09.2014 | Impact
Giovanna Mingarelli

For the first time in history more than half the world's population live in towns and cities. As cities become crucial to the planet's health, it's more important than ever to design, build and enrich the places in which we live, work and play.

'Smarter' Cities in North Africa

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 06.14.2014 | Green
Mehrunisa Qayyum

Smarter cities consider a variety of sectors because urban planning is not just creating "new" and imposing "modern," at the expense of cultural spaces, but preserving what works.

What Does Citizenship Mean in the 21st Century?

Jorge Soto | Posted 03.23.2014 | Impact
Jorge Soto

We are 21st-century citizens, trying to communicate with 20th-century institutions that are underpinned by 19th-century processes and ideas.

Rise of the Wise: Next Steps for Smart Cities

Eduardo Paes | Posted 02.08.2014 | Impact
Eduardo Paes

More than managing its resources, a wise city employs data and collaborates with citizens to discern which current courses of action contribute to long-term improvement in the quality of life.

DreamMakers Creating Sustainable Communities. Dubuque Iowa - surprised? So was I!

Michele Hunt | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Michele Hunt

Sustainable Dubuque: "The Masterpiece on the Mississippi." That's what the people of Dubuque affectionately have named their city, and they have every right and so many reasons to be proud of their community.

The Road to Smart City: It Starts Here, It Starts Now

Eric Dresselhuys | Posted 01.25.2014 | Technology
Eric Dresselhuys

Cities today face unprecedented pressures. From the continued impact of a sluggish economy to budget shortfalls to rising sustainability challenges, they are competing more than ever before in a global market for business investment and talent.

Crowdfunding Solutions: 3 Tips for Using Kickstarter to Fund Journalism

Garrett Goodman | Posted 12.14.2013 | Business
Garrett Goodman

There has been an immense amount of hemming and hawing over the state of the news industry of late. Print circulation is in general decline, digital a...

Big Data: Making Cities Smarter

Phil Simon | Posted 09.16.2013 | Business
Phil Simon

As I wrote in Too Big To Ignore, Big Data is leading a revolution of sorts. Like any new technology in an era of social media, education and communica...

Smart Communities are the Heart of the Smart City Machine

Jeff Jackel | Posted 08.28.2013 | Impact
Jeff Jackel

Social apps provide an opportunity to build smart communities by pulling together citizens based on location and interests, and harnessing the power of the collective group.

BEHOLD: The Only City In America Smarter Than SF

Aaron Sankin | Posted 12.06.2012 | San Francisco

How brainy is your 'hood? That's the question posed by Dr. Boyd Cohen in a recent article published in Fast Company. Cohen looked at cities across ...

Belgrade, Share Conference

Jasmina Tesanovic | Posted 01.16.2013 | World
Jasmina Tesanovic II from SHARE Conference on Vimeo. By Jasmina Tesanovic and Bruce Sterling Jasmina: Street Smart Cities I like them big, I like them dir...

Advancing the Adoption of Electric Vehicles in Barcelona

Emily Goligoski | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Emily Goligoski

Electric vehicle manufacturers met at the HiT World Innovation Summit in Barcelona this week to discuss mobility for vehicles that are less taxing on the planet.

Cleveland Celebrates a River Reborn

Wendy Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wendy Gordon

When the Cuyahoga River caught fire in 1969, attitudes had changed, and "the Mistake by the Lake" sparked environmental reforms across the country.