Urban Planning

January 03, 2017

Public safety and public services are key elements of a smart city. Whether a city is seeking smarter streetlights, more efficient waste removal, or gunshot detection, there are smart city products that stand out more than others.

January 03, 2017

In what could be a tumultuous year for state and local finances, these five issues are likely to take center stage. Tax Reform Many Capitol Hill watchers expect federal tax reform to roll forward in some fashion in 2017 now that a Republican will be in the White House.

December 21, 2016

With 2016 coming to a close, now is as good a time as ever to look to the future. For your consideration, we present ten predictions about the Smart Cities movement for the next three years. These are based on observed urban trends and transitions, so plan accordingly!

December 20, 2016

“Cities are fantastically dynamic places, and this is strikingly true of their successful parts, which offer a fertile ground for the plans of thousands of people.”

— Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities

December 12, 2016

It's no secret that Austin is home to a vibrant and innovative tech scene. Forward-thinking projects have been produced in the city for years; it was one of seven finalists for the U.S. Department of Transportation's (DOT) Smart City Challenge and just recently released its data dashboard to... read more

December 08, 2016

While artificial intelligence is a loaded term that for some may conjure up images of a malicious Skynet system from the Terminator movie franchise, the reality is not as ominous.

October 31, 2016

If you’ve only seen a few autonomous vehicles on streets in your city lately, that is about to change. According to a leading automotive research and analysis group, the number of self-driving cars on roadways around the globe will increase by 21 million over the next two decades.

October 19, 2016

The future of the world is urban. By 2030, 60% of the world's population will live in cities, which will create 70% of the world's GDP, according to the Pentagon. Many of these will be megacities with populations of ten million or more. Managing such behemoth cities using traditional... read more

October 13, 2016

Cities have historically been economic and commercial hubs, but the scale of their influence and output is only growing.

September 13, 2016

The speed limit in Black Rock City (BRC) is 5 mph. It may be a temporary city, but speed limit signs are everywhere. There’s law enforcement, too. Most cyclists, which includes pretty much all of the 80,000 BRC inhabitants, are probably going closer to 10 mph.

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