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Digital Urban Planning Starts with Common Tools

Matt Ball on April 9, 2013 - in Planning

In Louisville, Ky., Ted Smith, chief of economic growth and innovation, is working to help his fellow government agencies meet their goals by harnessing new approaches to open data in what he calls “digital urban planning.”

“Traditional city planning is just about the built environment — things that are made of atoms and molecules,” he said. “Digital urban planning is looking at your same city, but strictly in its digital representation and planning for its digital future.”

Nationwide, governments attempt to build online representations of their regions but typically fall short, Smith said, because they’re either not focused on the citizen or are too small in their reach.

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