It seems these days that everything is getting smarter, from your phone to your home to your car. Cities are no different, with major global metropolitan areas implementing a vast number of technology, energy, transportation, and Internet projects to make the metropolis a friendlier, greener, safer, and more sustainable place to be.
While a number of US cities are starting to ride the green wave, key cities in Europe and Asia are slightly ahead of the States in terms of implementing smart-city plans. But with strong efforts underway in New York, Seattle, and San Francisco, among others, the US aims to raise its global profile in terms of offering smarter and more efficient city infrastructure and planning.
Click on the image below for a look at some of the world’s smartest cities, and see what they’re doing to inject intelligence into the urban environment.
Not to be outdone by its global counterparts, the US cultural capital of New York has been working on smart-city plans for a number of years, particularly with Internet and open-data plans to give residents more online access to city services and information. But perhaps its most ambitious smart-city project to date is the Hudson Yards project (artist’s concept pictured), a 28-acre commercial and residential area on Manhattan’s west side that will be a Utopia of green initiatives and Internet access once it’s finished in 2018. The project will digitally track environmental and lifestyle factors -- such as foot traffic, energy consumption, and air quality -- to provide an optimal quality of life for Hudson Yards residents and businesses. It will even include a trash-disposal system that will remove waste via underground pneumatic tubes rather than a typical truck-based service. (Source: hudsonyardsnewyork.com)
"I think I mentioned some ideas in other comments. I think it's mostly politics and cost, and there are a lot of lobbies in the U.S. for technologies and initiatives that are more about money than they are about being green or smart. But I really can't say for sure. I wonder if any of our other experts or people in the field might weigh in and have better ideas."
Elizabeth, but those who are looking to US from outside expects more. For them everything is green in US.
I can only speculate, MyDesign, and I think I mentioned some ideas in other comments. I think it's mostly politics and cost, and there are a lot of lobbies in the U.S. for technologies and initiatives that are more about money than they are about being green or smart. But I really can't say for sure. I wonder if any of our other experts or people in the field might weigh in and have better ideas.
"I find it unfortunate that the attitude toward greener technologies in the U.S. is so poor. It's a no brainer, in my opinion. But your comment points out some of the reasons there are only a few American cities on this list. I think people really need to wake up. There are many economical ways to make cities smarter and greener. If cities in Europe and Asia can do it, so can we."
Elizabeth, that's too bad. Actually we have to promote green technology and ecco friendly activities. Recently I had seen a list of supercomputers raked on Green factors.
I don't necessarily think the attitude is "poor" per se, I just think it could be better, NadineJ. I do understand that it can be cost-prohibitive, but I also believe it's a matter of priority. If given priority, the U.S. can find money to pay for whatever it wants. Green technology and energy is just not always high on the priority list, in my opinion.
Debera, I read that this was the plan at one point to replace some of the hybrid taxis but then I think it was shot down and/or amended for some type of compromise. I'm not entirely sure exactly what happened but I can do some research and get back to you.
I'm glad you found it interesting, NadineJ. I learned a lot about what cities are doing that I didn't know before. There seems to be a lot of momentum in this area at the moment but I do think there could be more.
You make a lot of good points, rosek. I find it unfortunate that the attitude toward greener technologies in the U.S. is so poor. It's a no brainer, in my opinion. But your comment points out some of the reasons there are only a few American cities on this list. I think people really need to wake up. There are many economical ways to make cities smarter and greener. If cities in Europe and Asia can do it, so can we.
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