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10 of the World's Smartest Cities

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Mydesign   8/4/2014 4:38:16 AM
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"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.

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Elizabeth M   7/30/2014 7:45:03 AM
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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.

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Re: Slow to adopt in the US
Mydesign   7/30/2014 5:30:21 AM
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"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.

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Mydesign   7/30/2014 5:25:17 AM
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"Yes, Mydesign, I found when I was compiling this list that the U.S. is behind in smart-city innovations and initiatives, playing catch-up to other regions of the world."

Elizabeth, any particular reason for that.

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Elizabeth M   7/29/2014 6:42:59 AM
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Ah, well, I can't say much for the mayoral choice of NYC citizens, GTOLover, but at least some of the political initiatives are getting greener. ;)

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Elizabeth M   7/29/2014 6:25:03 AM
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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.

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Elizabeth M   7/29/2014 6:11:42 AM
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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.

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NadineJ   7/28/2014 10:17:42 AM
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Elizabeth- I disagree that the attitude toward greener technologies in the U.S. is poor.

Even though the cost of green emery is significantly lower than it was when President Carter put solar panels on the White House, the financial burden is a very large factor in the current economy.

What's euphemistically called "internet money" invests in green tech all the time.  But it primarily benefits people in that sector, not the general public or the greater good.

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Elizabeth M   7/28/2014 8:28:11 AM
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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.

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Elizabeth M   7/28/2014 8:27:53 AM
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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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