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When I think of cities, I think of my first time in Manhattan; getting out of the 8th Ave Port Authority bus terminal and just being swept away by the noise, the volume of people and the buildings towering above me. And then there was the pizza. It was pure awe.
When I think of cities, I think of my first time in Manhattan; getting out of the 8th Ave Port Authority bus terminal and just being swept away by the noise, the volume of people and the buildings towering above me. And then there was the pizza. It was pure awe - I finally made it to the world of Talking Heads, The New York Trilogy and The Apartment. I’ve been lucky to visit there several times since and that sense of wonder never disappears.
This is my last weekly newsletter as editor of SmartCitiesWorld. I’m off to a new job and the next editor will be taking my old chair (and that of my excellent predecessors) in August. It’s hard to sum up the past 15 months given it coincided with life under Covid. I never got to meet my colleagues in person and any opportunity to travel to see and hear what cities are doing in the flesh was scuppered. To describe my time as editor as unusual really fails to convey what it was like.
But my time writing about the sector really hammered home the importance of people and how cities ignore that at their peril. Citizen-centric, inclusive services make cities better places to live. The potential of exciting technologies like 5G, AI and machine learning, and cloud and edge computing will be unrealised unless they are used for services built with the citizen in mind.
Climate change is the ultimate citizen-centric issue. Without the necessary changes needed to move to net zero carbon emissions and beyond, the world will endure. But we will not. What I hope to see in the months and years ahead, starting with COP26, is genuine commitments and more importantly actions that will change how we live for the better.
Thanks to you all for your innovation and your drive to make things better for everyone. Thanks for continuing to be a member of the SmartCitiesWorld community. Keep sharing ideas; I look forward to seeing what you do in the years and decades to come. And hopefully get back to Manhattan soon