'Smart Growth' Replaced by 'Intelligent Cities'

The term "smart growth" may be approaching the end of its shelf life, according to some. Its replacement: "intelligent cities".

January 30, 2011, 7:00 AM PST

By Nate Berg


USA Today explores the changing lexicon of urban planning today.

"That's not to say the principles of smart growth are dead. On the contrary, he says, they're very much alive and so widely accepted that they've become old hat. New Urbanism, the design movement frequently at the heart of smart growth, encourages a mix of homes and businesses in a pedestrian-friendly environment and is common practice now in cities big and small.

"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)."

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