Shouldn't high pollution disqualify you? Even though Shanghai is forging ahead in its smart-city status, shouldn't its high level of air pollution knock it out of the top 10? I know in recent years the government has been moving the largest polluters on the outskirts of the city to other locales where their toxic exhaust won't effect Shanghai's air quality. But that doesn't solve the problem, it just shifts it somewhere else. Not too smart, no?
No, I'm not living there but was on a visit to Wuxi Institute last summer as our company has a joint research and development project with the Institute. I could, due to time reasons, only see a part of Wuxi that has been re- or newly built. Big roads, 3 lanes in each directions and and very little traffic. It looked similar to the US west coast with the exception of the apartment buildings, usually a bunch of about 15 with 20 or so storeys. The only real "green" thing I was presented to was the extremely sophisticated system for waste handling.
I had to Google to find some information in order to answer your questions and found a very interesting article in Washington Post from 2007 about the efforts done by the city. Please see link below.
Re: Great criteria Thank you for your feedback on the rankings. In fact I have completed rankings of EU and North American cities using the same smart cities wheel framework. They were published in Fast Company's online site which focuses on impact (fastcoexist).
Smart Cities Good comparison. I would be intersted in seeing a complete list of the North American cities, in particular, where my home Las Vegas falls in the analysis. Might create incentive to get off our collective back sides and smarten up.
Re: Smart list Ohh so relative This is a good exercise as a RELATIVE exercise in "smartness", but having lived the past year in Singapore I would hardly concur with your view that there are "smart" locations in Asia. Please, set your benchmarks, baselines, level of credibility, higher than business-as-usual, which is where these 10 "top" locations stand. None are really, truly "smart". They are, at best, "sensible", not in the "common sense" definition, but in the "alive and resPonding to stimuli" definition.
If you REALLY want Smart, then define the idea to which we should be aspiring: zero net emissions, zero net energy, zero net water, zero net waste, zero net externalities, and near zero virtual energy, water, resource imports.
Then we will have a better sense of how far we are from where we need to be, and how important it is for us to tap into transformational changes, not just incremental improvements that will fail miserably if that is all we do
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