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    How Downtown Phoenix is using the power of a digital twin to create a more sustainable, prosperous and inclusive future

    Downtown Phoenix, Inc. is in a unique position to make a difference in a place with a fast-changing urban core. 

    Nov. 22, 2021
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    The future of smart cities: Leaders forecast more digitally just governance

    Over the next five years, smart cities will emphasize digital justice, community trust and data-led decisions, city leaders say. But roadblocks — like funding and a public sector aversion to risk — could stand in the way. 

    By Nov. 17, 2021
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    Citizen Engagement

    With connection more important than ever, cities are tapping innovative tools and strategies to inform and engage their citizens and get feedback on their biggest concerns.

    By Smart Cities Dive staff
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    Smart city evolution: How cities have stepped back from a 'tech arms race'

    Following the 'first wave' of the smart cities movement, local leaders describe how they have largely shifted from a tech-first to a resident-first approach.

    By , , Nov. 9, 2021
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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 it's evolved, the challenges they've faced in rolling out equitable policies and technologies, and their outlook for what's next.

    By the Smart Cities Dive Team • Nov. 9, 2021
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    Singapore named smartest global city for third year: report

    New York was ranked as the smartest North American city, according to the Institute for Management Development and the Singapore University for Technology and Design’s smart city index.

    By Nov. 8, 2021
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    15 city leaders define a 'smart city'

    Smart Cities Dive asked major U.S. cities to weigh in on the past, present and future of their smart city efforts. In the first story of a multipart series, we highlight how city leaders define the term today.

    By Nov. 2, 2021
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    Are digital twins the future of urban planning?

    Digital 3D models can help city leaders plan for the future, but their value will depend on the data.

    By Adina Solomon • Nov. 1, 2021
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    Populus CEO: Cities should be able to leverage 'really messy data' for Vision Zero efforts

    As part of the second phase of a U.S. Department of Transportation-backed initiative, mobility data firm Populus intends to help cities use data from micromobility fleet operators to craft road safety plans.

    By Oct. 28, 2021
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    The pandemic's silver linings for smart cities

    Smart Cities Connect participants from Zencity, Vaisala, Passport Labs, IDC, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute and elsewhere weighed in on COVID-19's impacts, and also the biggest misconceptions about smart cities.

    By , Oct. 27, 2021
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    10 cleantech startups to watch

    The Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator fall 2021 cohort has companies whose efforts range from wildfire prevention to transportation electrification. CEO Matt Petersen discusses challenges startups face in working with the public sector.

    By Oct. 25, 2021
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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.

    By Jeff Wells • Oct. 18, 2021
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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.

    By Oct. 14, 2021
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    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.

    By Oct. 11, 2021
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    Global urban mobility is key in building financial inclusion across cities of tomorrow

    Providing people access to bank accounts and new payment options can open the door to improving their quality of life.

    Oct. 11, 2021
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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.  

    By Emilie Shumway • Oct. 6, 2021
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    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.

    By Oct. 1, 2021
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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.

    By Sebastian Obando • Sept. 30, 2021
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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.

    By Julie Littman • Sept. 27, 2021
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    For gig workers, Prop 22 is a racial equity battleground

    Because gig workers largely lack stable pay and ample benefits, barring app-based drivers from employee status may present racial equity issues. Cities like New York, Seattle and Philadelphia are imposing their own standards. 

    By Caroline Colvin • Sept. 22, 2021
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    US cash payment kiosks rise despite digital age

    Cities and utilities are making more use of the kiosks provided by vendors like CityBase to give consumers additional no-fee options for paying bills in cash.

    By Lynne Marek • Sept. 20, 2021
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    Ford, Argo AI team up with Walmart for autonomous delivery in 3 cities

    As more customers become accustomed to same-day and next-day delivery, Walmart said the service will show how autonomous tech can optimize logistics and operations. 

    By Max Garland • Sept. 17, 2021
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    Delivery companies sue New York City over permanent 15% fee cap

    DoorDash, Uber Eats and Grubhub filed a joint lawsuit on Thursday claiming that price controls ultimately harm restaurants, couriers and consumers.

    By Julie Littman • Sept. 13, 2021
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    As consumers cut the cord, more cities sue Netflix and other streaming giants for lost revenue

    From Plano, Texas, to Longport, New Jersey, an increasing number of municipalities are filing lawsuits against the likes of Hulu, Netflix and Disney+ to receive franchise fees to make up for lost cable revenue. 

    By Sept. 13, 2021
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    OEMs make the economic case for autonomous trucks

    Driverless trucks bring safety and improved fuel efficiency to the industry, according to Waymo and TuSimple executives.

    By Jim Stinson • Sept. 3, 2021
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    Pittsburgh City Council approves unified fiber network for municipal buildings

    The NetPGH initiative would lay the backbone that allows Pittsburgh to install connected infrastructure and launch smart cities projects.

    By Aug. 31, 2021