From managing rising seas to developing strategies to help those who aren’t typically helped by big city projects, the first five Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge winners have made progress over the past year. Here’s what they’re up to.
Readiness Cities - Philadelphia
"Poverty creates the ripple effect of every problem that we deal with. I call it the money we spend on misery. All of the misery money we spend could be put into education, info infrastructure, into recreation — all of the things we really want a city to be."
—Mayor Jim Kenney
The process of applying for the Council's Readiness Challenge Grant helped bring Philadelphia departments together. The application process prompted conversations between city departments, causing them to realize they were working on individual solutions to common problems.
Now, part of the SmartCityPHL initiative, it’s working to create a detailed smart cities roadmap that spans departments.
The amount of affordable housing has plunged 60% over the past six years according to a new report, but one Philadelphia lawmaker says the city doesn’t have a housing problem, it has a jobs problem. See why that shift in thinking could raise living standards.
Some 25% of Americans don’t have internet access. Philadelphia mayor Jim Kenney says that’s the kind of gap that prevents cities from becoming smart cities. Learn how this Smart Cities Council Readiness Challenge Grant winner plans to turn equality into an economic boost.
Smart cities are cities that work together. Learn how Philadelphia’s city departments are working as one to the benefit of the community.