Cities

Smart inside and out

In many ways, the smart city concept is simply good urban planning that incorporates both advances in digital technology and new thinking in the age-old city concepts of relationships, community, environmental sustainability, participatory democracy, good governance and transparency. Often, the intelligent city concept involves a re-urbanization of cities, encouraging urbanites to focus their time, energy and abilities to the ongoing urban project through a new layer of electronic connectivity. A virtuous circle is thus formed, in which the city empowers its citizens to power its evolution, creating a positive feedback loop. Above all, smart cities are interactive cities.

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Snowfall presents unique challenges to cities. They have to balance conflicting economic, public, commercial and environmental interests as they work to clear snow-choked streets. Urban Hub looks at the issues facing cities, and how some cities are clearing paths for urban snow removal.

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Many cities have universities which are attractions in themselves. Yet, the relationship between “town and gown” hasn’t always been open. Now, both are finding ways to build bridges. This symbiosis between academia and commerce, student and local, promises to open many paths to new growth.

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Is modern urban life possible without the car? Many cities are experimenting with ways to do just that. Their goal is to improve air quality and mobility, reduce noise, and reclaim the streets for pedestrians. URBAN HUB takes a stroll through some of the new urban landscapes under construction.

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It’s clear that the Olympics do a lot to promote sports and generate enthusiasm for athletic pursuits, but what do they do for cities? URBAN HUB looks at some key cases where the Olympics resulted in positive and sustainable changes for cities.

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