Smart city projects in Atlanta, Chicago and Kansas City, Mo., were early efforts at the Internet of Things, analytics and other connected tech. Here’s what they’re up to today.

1 Dec 2017 by Zack Quaintance, Gov Tech  Chicago To understand where smart city projects are going, one must understand where they’ve been. Atlanta CIO Samir Saini does this by dividing these projects into three phases: Smart Cities 1.0, Smart Cities 2.0 and Smart Cities 3.0. Smart Cities 1.0 is tech that predates the phrase “smart city,” going back about …

Austin’s “Next Wave Mobility Plan”

excerpt from John Farrell, ILSR and Clean Technica… Karl Popham’s vision lines up with an innovative, wholesale push for electrification approved by the Austin City Council last year. The “next-wave mobility plan” prioritizes electric, shared, and autonomous vehicles in the city’s transportation plans. City leaders and staff, including Popham, are working together now to map out specific solutions that further …

Our paper shows that during Hurricane Sandy in 2012, coastal wetlands prevented more than US$625 million in direct property damages by buffering coasts against its storm surge. Across 12 coastal states, from Maine to North Carolina, wetlands and marshes reduced damages by an average of 11 percent. These benefits varied widely by location at the local and state level. In Maryland, …

New Poll Finds 81% Of New Yorkers Want To Choose Clean Energy

13 Nov 2017 by Joshua S Hill  on Clean Technica A new report published earlier this month has revealed that New Yorkers overwhelmingly want the ability to choose their energy supplier, clean energy, and want more renewable energy in New York’s electricity mix. Commissioned by renewable energy company CleanChoice Energy and conducted by SurveyUSA, the new poll interviewed 600 New York State residents and …

Shifting ownership from the 1% to the 99%: Initiative seeks for employee owned companies to be 20-25% of the workforce by 2050, adding security, recirculating money locally 3x more

By Fran Korten in Yes! Magazine, Oct 26, 2017 For decades Marjorie Kelly has looked for ways that businesses can better contribute to the good of society. In 1987, after getting a master’s degree in journalism, she founded Business Ethics magazine to showcase socially responsible corporations. But after 20 years as president and publisher, she sold the magazine. She had come to an …

AVs need to start with transit. “Transit agencies need to be the first adopters of AV technology, or public transit dies in America”

How can AVs and microtransit be more than a distraction from the time- and work-intensive solutions needed to fix city travel ills, such as better payment systems, upgraded trains and vehicles, more frequent service, and road pricing schemes? https://www.curbed.com/2017/11/2/16593004/bus-autonomous-vehicle-electric-public-transportation MOD/MaaS may be impacting bus ridership. The continued adoption and expansion of Uber and Lyft have led many to begin thinking about the systemic impact of …

AVs influence on revenue for agencies

From the Brookings Institute, 2016, Local government 2035: Strategic trends and implications of new technologies  Consider the following. This past year, the City of Los Angeles generated $161 million from parking violations.18 Red light violations have a fee of $490.19 Californians caught driving under the influence are fined up to $15,649 for a first-offense misdemeanor DUI conviction and up to $22,492 …

NACTO City Data Sharing Principles: Integrating New Technologies Into City Streets, also 10 rules for cities about automated vehicles,

There are a number of ways that cities will need to regulate AVs if they are to be a boon and not a bane, including owning the data, protecting transit, prohibiting empty (circling) trips, setting speed limits, and protecting traditional urbanism.  Traditional urbanism evolved over millennia to meet human needs. The adoption of AVs should not be allowed to replace time-tested …

Why do we have such big fire trucks for so few fires? And why are our cities being designed around the needs of the trucks instead of vice versa?

Why do we have such big fire trucks for so few fires? And why are our cities being designed around the needs of the trucks instead of vice versa? By Lloyd Alter January 20, 2016 In Europe, the streets are smaller and so are the fire trucks. (Photo: Rosenbauer) What drives urban design and development? Sometimes it’s the crazy things that you don’t …

Raymond Dehn’s progressive policies on criminal justice, housing and more are resonating across the city. Ginger Jentzen inspires in Ward 3

Minneapolis mayoral candidate Raymond Dehn received the most delegate votes of every competitor, including the city’s incumbent mayor, at the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party Endorsing Convention in July. (Tony Webster / Flickr / Creative Commons) Raymond Dehn’s progressive policies on criminal justice, housing and more are resonating across the city. BY VALERIE VANDE PANNE, In These Times, 4 Nov 2017 “I don’t believe …