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Smart Cities must focus on equity and inclusion | Smart Cities Dive

Smart Cities must focus on equity and inclusion | Smart Cities Dive

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A new research report from the National League of Cities urges cities to carefully examine equity among all residents as they modernize and add technological advances. The Future of Equity in Cities cautions that widening gaps between the rich and the poor, and among races, is creating a growing social and economic divide that could de-stabilize cities.
The report addresses the topics of economic development, infrastructure and public safety to identify upcoming equity challenges and opportunities for cities.
Although the report points out that cities’ diversity is increasing, it also indicates that the different groups are becoming more segregated….

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Smart City Initiatives in Africa: Policy for INCLUSION

a sinngle view of an african urban street with cars and people_Screenshot-2017-11-7 Smart city initiatives in Africa

This year’s theme for World Cities Day, “Innovative Governance, Open Cities,” emphasizes the implementation of the global New Urban Agenda and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development through the creation of livable, sustainable cities conducive to inclusive growth and development. Smart cities in particular can be key tools toward achieving these global goals. The International Telecommunication Union defines a smart…

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“What is the city but the people”

a young man seeeping city street-Screenshot-2017-11-7 What is the city but the people UN DESA United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs

The evidence is clear: we are urban, period. Over 60 per cent of the world’s population will live in cities by 2030, and that number is expected to reach 70 per cent by 2050. Without innovation and global partnerships to support this rapid urbanization, future cities will not be able to support their most vulnerable members. The New Urban Agenda…

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An Open Letter to Nadia Kalinchuk | Program Manager for the Austin’s Office of Equity

Screenshot-2017-11-3 Inheriting inequality Austin’s segregation and gentrification

Congratulations Nadia, Welcome back to Texas! The City of Austin and all of its residents are fortunate to have you join Austin’s Office of Equity. Like many other fast-growing urban centers, Austin has reached a historic tipping point precipitated and fueled by a legacy of discrimination and thrust over the edge by Austin’s rapid urbanization. To resolve systemic obstacles that have for…

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