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Tomorrow's Cities: Can start-ups solve city issues?

Tomorrow's Cities: Can start-ups solve city issues?

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Media playback is unsupported on your device The Waterloo corridor, which runs between the cities of Toronto and Waterloo in Canada, is home to coyotes, deer and, increasingly, tech firms.Google, Research in Motion and thousands of start-ups have offices there as the area positions itself to be the next Silicon Valley.Having an area like this is becoming increasingly important as cities look to tech to help solve problems like congestion and pollution."Tech hubs are an important aspect of any city," said Bob Crow, managing director of the Institute of Quantum Computing, which is based in the corridor."Cities are desperate for cash and many are serving citizens with the same or less money than years ago. There is a built-in need to find ways of...
Tomorrow's Cities: Will the bike become an urban must-have?

Tomorrow's Cities: Will the bike become an urban must-have?

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Media playback is unsupported on your device Cities around the world are turning to the bicycle to help solve congestion and pollution issues, as urbanisation increasingly puts pressure on traditional infrastructure.Fifteen years ago there were just four bike-sharing schemes in cities around the world, but now there are close to 1,000.Most require you to pick up and leave a bike at a designated area, but new "dockless" schemes from China are coming to cities around the world - and proving controversial. The first public bike-sharing scheme, Velib, launched in Paris in 2007, attracted 20 million users in its first year.As well as the obvious environmental benefits, it brought considera...
Tomorrow's Cities: How Barcelona shushed noise-makers with sensors

Tomorrow's Cities: How Barcelona shushed noise-makers with sensors

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Media playback is unsupported on your device In the heart of the bustling city of Barcelona is a square that at first sight seems like an oasis of calm. The Plaza del Sol, as the name suggests, is a suntrap and the perfect place to while away a few hours.The problem is that the square is just too popular and for many of the city's young inhabitants has become the number one venue to meet friends and hang out until the small hours.One resident said it was like living in a permanent party.Even the shops around the square reflect its reputation for late-night carousing, selling beer, pizza and little else.The situation had become unbearable for those with apartments around the square, who have lived with unacceptable noise levels for the past 20 ...
Tomorrow's cities: Google's Toronto city built 'from the internet up'

Tomorrow's cities: Google's Toronto city built 'from the internet up'

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On Toronto's Eastern waterfront, a new digital city is being built by Sidewalk Labs - a firm owned by Google's parent Alphabet.It hopes the project will become a model for 21st-Century urbanism.But the deal has been controversial, representing one of biggest ever tie-ups between a city and a large corporation.And that, coupled with the fact that the corporation in question is one of the largest tech firms in the world, is causing some unease. Sidewalk Labs promises to transform the disused waterfront area into a bustling mini metropolis, one built "from the internet up", although there is no timetable for when the city will actually be built.Dan Doctoroff, the company's ...