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.
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.