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January 31, 2011 / Omar J. Peters

Intelligent Cities

The USA Today reports on the term “intelligent cities.”

“Intelligent cities,” the new darling lingo of planners, reflects the times. It captures the essence of 21st-century technology that can help track when and how many people cross a street, water and energy consumption and peak hours at every transit stop. It also will soon allow bidding on a parking space via cellphone (the space goes to the highest bidder).

The “cities” portion of the term may signal a renewed emphasis on improving the urban anchors of a region rather than just slowing growth in far-flung suburbs.

Basically, it’s what computer tech companies like IBM and Cisco have been calling “smart cities” in attempt to line themselves up as the sole providers of integrated technologies. USA Today postulates that as cities get more intelligent, they may undergo rejuvenation. Maybe?

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