The report Cities and the Future of Technology, focuses on transportation, energy, building and housing, water, and farming and factories.

Richard Flordia of CityLab argues in favor of a “place-based” policy that uses investments to embed the most advanced technology in urban infrastructure. America and its cities should use technology to reshape the way cities operate from top to bottom.

The report highlights efforts to develop driverless vehicles, or CAVs. These kinds of developments, the report argues, not only pose significant money-saving opportunities, but are also responsible for placing the nation “on the verge of large-scale transformation.”

The big problem, of course, lies in our increasingly polarized and dysfunctional political system that will make it hard, if not impossible, to do the kinds of things the report outlines.

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