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    Deep Dive

    Amtrak plans major expansion by 2035 if infrastructure bill passes

    Amtrak's expansion plans could connect small towns and reduce inequalities, while boosting development, housing and jobs in cities. However, those ambitions face some hurdles. 

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    The wrong policies will hinder electrification — here's what we need to do

    The challenge is how to expand consumer adoption and speed up the transition to electric cars and efficient electric heating systems, writes a commissioner with the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission.

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    Q&A

    How one of the hottest US cities is finally restructuring its heat response

    The Phoenix City Council opted to fund an Office of Heat Response & Mitigation. Residents have demanded cities do "more, better, and faster for extreme heat for a long time," said inaugural Director David Hondula.

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    National Restaurant Association urges mayors to support expanded outdoor dining through winter

    Outdoor dining makes up 20% or more of daily sales at 68% of full-service restaurants, but 61% of these operators can only use their outdoor spaces through October, according to the association. 

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    We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to meet cities' pressing needs. Let's get it done.

    Passing the Biden infrastructure bill will have ripple effects across the U.S., writes Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego, driving investments in areas including electric vehicles, energy efficiency and recycling infrastructure. 

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    European pickup depot Delipop launches an urban alternative to instant delivery

    The company's colorful automated kiosks hold pickup orders for multiple grocers and are initially targeting the same city centers where quick commerce has taken off.

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    Time for utility companies to step up by supporting the Clean Electricity Performance Program

    Achieving more clean energy is feasible, affordable and would benefit our economy and public health without compromising power system reliability, writes Ceres' senior program director of climate and energy.

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    5 ways New York City can overhaul its streets to be more resilient: report

    A Regional Plan Association report calls for expanding bike lanes and busways, gradually phasing out free parking, adding green infrastructure to gather stormwater and more.

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    Climate adaptation plans from US agencies envision transit resilience, modern building codes

    The Biden administration's whole-of-government approach to climate resilience planning has environmental, transportation and housing regulators, among others, mapping out more equitable preparedness in communities.

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    Q&A

    6 questions with Smart Columbus on lessons since program's conclusion

    The program manager of the USDOT's Smart City Challenge winner reflects on the initiative's challenges, offers key advice for city leaders seeking to implement smart tech and maps out what's next for the city.

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    City strategies evolve on American Rescue Plan spending

    Local governments are working through the historic influx of federal funds, including newly available competitive grants, while infrastructure bill dollars remain at bay.

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    Dallas-based diesel tech training aims to support waste, recycling operations

    One major collection and disposal company has launched its own technical institute to address a shortage of skilled workers who can maintain its fleet. Those technicians may be trained on electric trucks going forward.

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    Regional consortiums create one of the largest US smart cities networks

    The National Smart Coalitions Partnership includes more than 100 governments across seven regional consortiums, aiming to lower barriers for local leaders to implement solutions and share best practices.

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    Rescue funds buoy economic outlooks, but cities eager for infrastructure dollars: NLC report

    Many cities lost revenue in FY21, but certain economic and tax changes, plus infusions of direct federal relief, helped them weather the pandemic better than the Great Recession, according to National League of Cities researchers.

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    Long Beach partners with Mercedes-Benz on connected vehicles, supporting local Smart City Initiative

    The California city's partnership, which includes artificial intelligence firm Xtelligent, will help the locality get ahead of new vehicle tech before it becomes commonplace, the local smart cities program manager said. 

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    Remote work is enabling a Silicon Valley exodus

    As the pandemic drags on, the number of tech workers fleeing the city only seems to be accelerating. Meanwhile, Florida cities like Tampa, Miami and Jacksonville are on the receiving end of population growth.  

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    9 creative asphalt art projects across the US: photos

    Bloomberg Philanthropies recently awarded 26 cities with up to $25,000 each to install art projects that improve street safety. Smart Cities Dive rounded up eye-catching asphalt art projects from last year's winners. 

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    Boston enacts building decarbonization ordinance

    Acting Mayor Kim Janey signed an ordinance Tuesday requiring buildings 20,000 square feet or larger to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, as a wave of cities pursue regulations to reduce building-sector emissions.

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    After biking boom, some cities beef up infrastructure

    From bridges to boulevards, Chicago, New York City and Washington, D.C., are among the major cities spending on protected bike lanes.

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    Q&A

    Smart cities' impact on inequality, privacy, democracy are the focus of a new online program

    The Smart Cities for City Officials class from Sweden's Malmö University is "the first online, open-access educational program on smart cities from a social sciences perspective," its co-organizer says.

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    Digital twin tech challenge calls for sensor, geometry innovations

    With the global market for the simulation technology estimated to reach $16 billion by 2023, a construction tech coalition is seeking new ideas to enhance how well the tools can inform decisions and potentially reduce costs.

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    3 years later, city leaders still debating scooter regulations across the US

    Pittsburgh is setting new speed and road restrictions for e-scooters, Ann Arbor, Michigan, is approving their use on sidewalks and streets, and Washington, D.C., is considering limiting the number of micromobility providers it will allow.

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    Denver creates new role to advance building decarbonization incentives

    As buildings and homes account for 64% of the city's GHG emissions, the city created what's believed to be a first-of-its-kind role to support new strategies after voters greenlit a $40 million Climate Protection Fund last year.

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    City leaders urge Congress to pass bipartisan infrastructure bill

    As federal infrastructure funding moves through Congress, Bloomberg Philanthropies and the U.S. Conference of Mayors released an e311 program to help city leaders navigate the billions available for COVID-19 recovery.

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    New York City Council passes delivery worker protection laws

    The legislation includes a requirement for restaurants to provide couriers access to their bathrooms and set minimum pay for workers, representing the broadest protections in the U.S.