Skip Descant: Social Justice, Broadband Top Priorities for Smart Cities

28/06/2020 - 09:47

Smart city leaders from Houston, New Orleans and Columbus, Ohio discussed their vision for tomorrow's cities following widespread disruptions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, economic hardships and social unrests. 

Issues around equity, access to broadband and the broader social ills related to racism are finding a stronger foothold in smart city strategies.

The coronavirus crisis, which either idled large segments of the economy or required workers to go remote, has laid bare lingering problems like the digital divide, as smart city leaders rethink goals around equity and inclusion.