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Beto Altamirano: "What can the government do now to build smart city projects that create inclusion in the process?"

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Flying cars and dog-walking robots were all part of a futuristic world of “smart cities” envisioned as early as the 1960s, when they were mainstays in every baby boomer’s favorite cartoon The Jetsons. Fast forward to 2019, however, and the reality seems closer to that of The Flintstones.


Cities today can remain ridden with potholes that go unfilled for months or snow-covered street corners that aren’t ploughed in a timely fashion. Subway services can be suddenly disrupted, leaving straphangers to either run late or be stranded.


Not so in San Antonio, Texas, which now finds itself at the forefront of tackling at least some of these problems with a “311” reporting system called Cityflag.

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