Smart city in a box : a strategic playbook for igniting civic innovation
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The smart city landscape is a complex and dynamic space. In a rapidly changing environment, transportation leaders are in need of a way to readily identify local mobility challenges, narrow in on the solutions that will maximize prospects for success, and connect with peer cities to advance an agenda of collective action. Building upon the experiences of the USDOT Smart City Challenge, the proposed Smart City Playbook represents an advance in the mobility conceptualization of smart cities. Using clustering as a means for organizing cities along multiple dimensions, the Playbook composes a selected landscape of 36 cities into four dominant clusters – Reimagining Cities, Dense & Dynamic Cities, Renaissance Cities, and College Towns – each comprised of different combinations of micro-foundations. The clusters facilitate development of solutions among analogous cities, while the micro-foundations provide insight into a city’s unique character and indicate places in other cities that are experiencing similar conditions. Driven by the analysis, the Playbook outlines a systematic framework for generating use cases and proposes short-listed solution sets for each of the four clusters. Together cities have the power to leverage their talent, expertise, and solutions to shape the evolving marketplace and direct investment towards the communities most in need.