Smart and Open Government News Roundup

WHAT ARE SMART CITIES? Paul James, Belinda Young, Brendan Gleeson and John Wiseman ponder the various “smart cities” definition of sustainable cities, liveable cities, resilient cities, adapting cities, carbon-neutral cities, prosperous cities, learning cities and innovative cities. The authors suggest that a universal definition would include elements of ecology, economics, politics and culture.
INFRASTRUCTURE ECONOMIC PAYBACK: Josh Bivens of the Economic Policy Institute estimates that $100 billion in infrastructure spending adds approximately the equivalent of 1 million full-time jobs to the economy.
CITIES AND INEQUALITY: INEQUALITY IN CITIES: Robert Shiller in Project Syndicate describes rising inequality and the lack of housing affordability in growing cities.–shiller-2017-07