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Running head: ARE SMART CITIES A GOOD INVESTMENT? Smart Cities: What Are The Advantages of Constructing Them? Priscilla Fossatti de Carvalho University of Miami 1
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Running head: ARE SMART CITIES A GOOD INVESTMENT? Abstract The author explores the concept of smart cities and their advantages. She presents the history of smart cities and why they have become a popular topic. She examines some arguments to illustrate that smart cities are a good investment for our future and cites Paskaleva (2011) to support her point. Furthermore, she examines the work of Deakin and Al Waer (2011) to present the idea that a smart city can provide social, economic, and cultural development. She ends by acknowledging that there are other improvements that cities should start making before investing in being smarts. However, she concludes that smart cities can provide a lot of advantages for populations and cities in general, and that’s why they are a good investment for our future. 2
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Running head: ARE SMART CITIES A GOOD INVESTMENT? Smart Cities: What Are The Advantages of Constructing Them? Nowadays, there is a lot of information about infrastructure and technology available all over the world. These innovations are being explored and used to provide more quality of life for people in general and for cities. From this came the concept of smart cities. People have started thinking about how these sources could be useful to improve the managements of the cities. Including, for instance, urban planning, sustainable construction, and other independent services that are involved in cities. However, being a smart city doesn’t necessarily mean that those developments require such high investments. What most people don’t know, even in today’s world with a lot of sources of communication available, is that cities can start with small changes and still have great benefits from simple modifications. Currently, thinking about smart cities is really important considering the fact that cities are growing faster, and with them the population, the traffic, and the demands of the cities are growing too. According to Paskaleva (2011), the urban environment defines most people’s qualify of life and while cities are continuing to grow, urban infrastructure and resources are becoming scarcer. That’s why it is so important to explore smart cities and share information about them, so people can understand how these cities work and how they can provide convenience and improve a city’s services. Furthermore, smart cities can solve urban problems that are affecting our world frequently, such as traffic, crimes, pollution, and faster growth of cities without planning it before.
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