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Smart Cities Are The New Champions Of Placemaking

“Technology isn’t the only way to make cities smarter and more sustainable, Jonathan Reichental writes in his monthly column. More cities, he writes, should look at former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 2009 closure of Times Square to vehicular traffic, or Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s ongoing effort to convert the Champs-Élysées into a 1.2-mile urban garden. Today, becoming smarter and more sustainable also means looking for ways to take the city back from motor vehicles, he writes. It’s about placemaking, healthy living and protecting the environment.”


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