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Need to specify types of approaches
I agree with much of the thrust of the article but it is important to clarify what types of smart cities and approaches when comparing cities from other countries ( e.g. China and South Korea). There are greenfield smart cities ( which tend to be in developing nations and start at a new master planned level often ) and brownfield cities ( which really are focused on precinct scale development within existing cities or smart initiatives within certain industry sectors ). It is therefore a little misleading to simply compare a transport initiative in New York for example to a massive new smart city development in China as they are fundamentally different. Thus, a like with like comparative approach, when explaining smart city issues worldwide, in my opinion, is required and will help to ensure better understanding within this topical area of debate.
Posted by Gordon Falconer
2nd Aug 2011