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    Reassessing the smart cities movement

    Smart Cities Dive asked 25 of the largest U.S. cities how they define a "smart city" and how that definition has evolved, the challenges they've faced in rolling out equitable policies and technologies, and their outlook for what's next.

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    Cities are murky on how they define 'green infrastructure': analysis

    The term is increasingly popping up in strategic plans and climate plans alike, but many U.S. cities that reference goals for green infrastructure don't explicitly define what it is, a recent study found.

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    Ahead of annual nationwide homelessness count, cities are turning to an app for help

    Houston and Kansas City, Missouri, are among the cities using the Counting Us app to help tally their unsheltered and sheltered homeless populations this month.

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    Bitcoin, bike offered to attract remote workers to Northwest Arkansas

    The Northwest Arkansas Council is reportedly the first regional group to offer cryptocurrency as an incentive, with a promise of $10,000 in bitcoin to those who relocate.

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    Las Vegas unveils digital twin at CES as part of sustainability push

    The digital model of the city's downtown will help officials set policies and priorities for addressing energy use, emissions, traffic, parking, noise and emergency management.

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    North Carolina sets goal to sell 50% zero-emission vehicles by 2030

    An executive order released Friday by Gov. Roy Cooper expands the state's climate ambitions with new goals for zero-emission transportation and workforce equity.

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    Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg praises smart city innovation at CES

    In a virtual address last week, Buttigieg said he anticipates that cities will be built on connected technology and guided by government policy that encourages collaboration, experimentation and support for workers.  

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    Electric, autonomous delivery vehicle boom expected on city streets as inventories and orders grow

    With Amazon, FedEx and Walmart among those placing major orders for electric delivery vehicles, thousands will appear on the road in coming years, executives announced at CES.

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    Scooter helmet laws pit safety against accessibility

    Miami allowed scooters to return to city streets with a new helmet requirement, but some critics warn that top-down helmet mandates do more harm than good.

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    At last, an infrastructure bill that gives people a reason to get out of their cars

    The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act could bring tech-enabled mobility to urban ‘transit deserts,' expanding economic opportunities while reducing emissions and traffic congestion, writes Via's head of public policy. 

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    12 predictions about the trends that will shape smart cities in 2022

    As local leaders continue to adapt to the tremendous changes that the past year brought, industry players share how they anticipate cities will evolve.

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    The road ahead: How legacy auto brands will level the EV playing field in 2022

    After setting the stage at CES with lofty product announcements, carmakers will focus on value, range and brand heritage to close the gap with disrupters like Tesla.

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    Older adults turn to technology during an 'epidemic of loneliness'

    The pandemic kick-started local efforts to get more older adults online with the help of federal broadband investments to bridge the digital divide.

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    Q&A's from 2021 that spotlight 13 smart cities voices

    Revisit the year's one-on-one conversations, including with tech and climate leaders in Honolulu, Phoenix and San Diego and with execs at Revel, Veo and Drop Mobility.

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    NYC's new gas ban highlights market growth needs for building electrification

    Outgoing Mayor Bill de Blasio signed the climate legislation in his final days in office, but work to expand awareness, market development and worker training remains.

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    To cut traffic deaths, safety groups call for an approach that factors in human error

    The USDOT is expected to put out the first National Roadway Safety Strategy in January. Can safety officials, law enforcement, automakers and government regulators agree on how to stop the surge in traffic fatalities?

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    Cities lack sufficient data to monitor their progress toward climate goals: report

    Just 19 of 100 large U.S. cities studied by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy are on track to meet their climate goals, and only 25 have set goals to cut emissions from transportation.

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    To correct 'unsustainable' rental market, 'all of the above' policy needed: report

    As cities weigh strategies like rent control and legal assistance for renters, a new report finds little agreement among tenants and property owners. 

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    Sidewalk Labs to fold its smart city products into Google

    The CEO of Alphabet-owned Sidewalk Labs announced he's stepping down due to health reasons and that the company's products will join Google.

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    Seattle's regional transit system adopts plans for more equitable service

    The King County Council unanimously approved a series of long-range plans that will expand service for underrepresented communities, a shift from its historic focus on serving commuters and suburban riders.

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    New Jersey pursuing on-demand AV transit service in Trenton

    State officials say the service could help bridge first- and last-mile transportation, while one expert says it's unclear if "sexy new transportation technologies" like autonomous vehicles can achieve transportation goals. 

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    Smart tech aims to improve transit accessibility for the visually impaired

    Transit data firm Moovit and UK startup WeWALK have partnered to bring real-time transit directions to electronic canes, intended to improve the accessibility of public transit for visually impaired riders.

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    Living wage ordinances' greatest effect may be on public opinion

    The living wage movement fought to boost pay for city contractor employees. These efforts had limited community effects, but they likely laid the groundwork for today’s movement toward higher minimum wages, researchers said.

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    White House unveils EV charging action plan, prepares network rollout guidance for cities, states

    The Joint Office of Transportation and Energy will help guide federal efforts and coordinate with state and local entities for an equitable rollout of a charging network, utilizing funds from infrastructure legislation.

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    Boston's new chief of streets to steer city beyond car-centric transportation

    Former city CIO Jascha Franklin-Hodge will begin the role in January, aiming to support the sustainable transportation ideas that recently elected Mayor Wu campaigned on, including fare-free bus routes.