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⛔Green smart City ? At what cost ?🎄

As cities decide how to build for the future, they might start looking squarely at Toronto.

Two years ago, Google created a startup called Sidewalk Labs to “accelerate innovation in cities around the world.” The company has been weighing potential locations for a massive feasibility study that could be used as an example of what future cities could look like. Sidewalk Labs was created by Google in 2015, then spun out as a subsidiary. Former New York City deputy mayor Dan Doctoroff is the company’s CEO.

“We have an opportunity,” Doctoroff said in a video during the presentation, “to fundamentally redefine what urban life can actually be.”

While the company scouted locations for the project last year, Doctoroff wrote that he envisioned the city of the future offering free Wi-Fi throughout, relying on sustainable energy, having automated trash systems, and being outfitted with self-driving cars in mind. These innovations, he said, could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by two-thirds and save the average resident an hour each day, thanks largely to transportation improvements.

As cities decide how to build for the future, they might start looking squarely at Toronto.

Two years ago, Google created a startup called Sidewalk Labs to “accelerate innovation in cities around the world.” The company has been weighing potential locations for a massive feasibility study that could be used as an example of what future cities could look like. Sidewalk Labs was created by Google in 2015, then spun out as a subsidiary. Former New York City deputy mayor Dan Doctoroff is the company’s CEO.

“We have an opportunity,” Doctoroff said in a video during the presentation, “to fundamentally redefine what urban life can actually be.”

While the company scouted locations for the project last year, Doctoroff wrote that he envisioned the city of the future offering free Wi-Fi throughout, relying on sustainable energy, having automated trash systems, and being outfitted with self-driving cars in mind. These innovations, he said, could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by two-thirds and save the average resident an hour each day, thanks largely to transportation improvements.

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