Let's Be Smart About Intelligent Cities
Next American City's Julia Ramey Serazio points out that "Intelligent Cities" is the newest trend in new urbanism, and it has a lot of merit:
"'Intelligent cities,' the new darling lingo of planners, reflects the times. It captures the essence of 21st-century technology that can help track when and how many people cross a street, water and energy consumption and peak hours at every transit stop. It also will soon allow bidding on a parking space via cellphone (the space goes to the highest bidder)."
But there's a risk that planners will become too reliant on this technology. Serazio calls for moderation and a diversity of approaches, pointing out the dangers of moving too fast and too completely in the direction of Intelligent Cities - from losing the feedback of citizens without cellphones to increasing injustice and inefficiency in community decisions.