Smart cities are enjoying a moment in the spotlight.
A number of municipalities have been dipping their toes into this domain in recent years, often in conjunction with tech or telecom companies.
The highest profile example of this type of public-private partnership was announced in October 2017, when Waterfront Toronto, a tripartite government agency charged with the development of industrial lands adjacent to downtown Toronto, chose Google’s sister company, Sidewalk Labs, to envision and build a new neighbourhood “from the internet up.”
A few months later, the federal government launched the Smart Cities Challenge, a competition between large cities, small towns, and Indigenous communities with a tota
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