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Vitoria-Gasteiz: Green and Blue All Over

September 5, 2017 @ 11:29 am
by TheSmartCitizen
Vitoria-Gasteiz: Blue and Green All Over 5 September 2017 | by Vineeta Shetty While many cities are throwing a ring road around their conurbation as a garland of progress, Vitoria-Gasteiz opted to gird itself with a 30 kilometre Green Belt, connecting six peri-urban parks. The Basque political capital in northern Spain, Vitoria-Gasteiz visualizes itself as three concentric circles, with the city itself at centre. The “Green Belt”, a semi-natural green area, surrounds the centre and brings nature…

Mechelen: How a Flemish City Fought ISIS Recruiters

March 1, 2017 @ 8:23 pm
by TheSmartCitizen
Mechelen: How a Flemish City Fought Off ISIS Recruiters | 28 February 2017 | by Preeta Bannerjee | US President Trump’s recent executive order to bar the entry into the US of refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries has provoked an outcry. But it’s not just Americans who are apprehensive; Europe is being tested from within. Migration, nationalism and terrorism have caused consternation, prompting calls to pull up the drawbridge. The launch of the Strong Cities Network is…

Chicago: The Outlier in Trump’s Rust Belt

January 18, 2017 @ 8:14 pm
by TheSmartCitizen
Chicago: The Outlier in Trump's Rust Belt | 19 January 2017 | by Kate Lanham | As the date for the presidential inauguration dawns, the ever-growing divide between rural communities and urban centres in the United States continues to define public discourse.  As with the Brexit referendum in the United Kingdom, pollsters leading up to last November’s election missed the mark and failed to identify the “silent vote” living in less populated areas.   At its best, polling provides an equal…

Zaragoza Sources the Code to Citizen Co-Creation

October 19, 2016 @ 1:52 pm
by TheSmartCitizen
Zaragoza Sources the Code to Citizen Co-Creation | 20 October 2016 | by Daniel Sarasa Funes | Back in 2003, a group of local geeks and open source advocates met with Zargoza’s future mayor Juan Alberto Belloch who, after being the last all-mighty minister of Justice and Interior in the last of prime minister Felipe González's cabinet, was running for office for his second term. After a short immersion in the open source community, Belloch “fell instantly in love” with Linux philosophy and…
music and the city, city branding, city marketing

If Music Maketh the City, Play On: Southeast US Cities Keep Climbin’

July 22, 2016 @ 11:56 am
by TheSmartCitizen
If Music Maketh the City, Play On: Southeast US Cities Keep Climbin' 22 July 2016 | by Katherine Rhoden | Place branding has boomed as a marketing concept in the past decade or so, but it has existed in some form for centuries. Alexander the Great believed that the success of a place relied heavily on its image among those outside of the place, making place branding virtually as ancient as civilization itself. Today, places pay close attention to their branding in order to attract different target…

City of Lakes Mirrors India’s Smart Aspirations

January 7, 2016 @ 7:55 am
by TheSmartCitizen
Udaipur: City of Lakes Mirrors India's Smart Aspirations 7 January 2016 | by Vineeta Shetty For a city that is on the world heritage map as an exquisite city of lakes, attracting the equivalent of twice its population in domestic and international tourists every year, Udaipur has an unbelievable total of eight working public buses plying on two dusty routes. Amazingly also, the city has never known door-to-door collection of garbage, which simply piles up further and further up its showpiece Pichhola…

Amsterdam in the Avant-Garde of Anarchic Governance

July 9, 2015 @ 4:58 pm
by TheSmartCitizen
Amsterdam in the Avant-Garde of Anarchic Governance 9 July 2015 | by Vineeta Shetty While most cities are struggling to manage the triple helix of collaboration (government, vendor and academia) to improve their smart credentials, the city of Amsterdam has effortlessly strung the fourth strand in its helix: the say-so of community. The DNA of Amsterdam is in trade and its mayor Eberhard van der Laan is clear that technology opportunities are there to solve problems for his residents. The dominant…

World Cities Day 2014 – Citizen Engagement

October 31, 2014 @ 1:21 pm
by TheSmartCitizen
UN World Cities Day celebrates positive impact of well-managed urbanisation 31 October, 2014 | Nairobi, Kenya Mayors give voice to their citizens and play a central role in building well-planned cities and making them engines of prosperity, innovation and inclusiveness, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recognized on World Cities Day. In a world where already over half the population lives in urban areas, the human future is largely an urban future. "We must get urbanization right, which means reducing…

‘La Superba’ Shines a Light on Citizen-Centric Services

September 30, 2014 @ 7:00 pm
by TheSmartCitizen
‘La Superba’ Shines a Light on Citizen-Centric Services 30 September 2014 | by Vineeta Shetty The contrast of light and shade is a familiar motif in Genoa, lovers of Italy’s sixth largest city like to tell visitors. The shade of crooked caruggi where prostitutes and pimps ply their trade, erupt, without warning, into sun-filled piazzas, presided over by saints and angels carved in stone and marble. Now, in a modern-day twist to Genoa’s love of chiaroscuro, some 1700 street lamps will become…