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“This is a tale of two cities — Toronto and Barcelona — that may hold important lessons for others around the world. Both have big ambitions to change the way they operate but reflect very different visions of how smart cities should be run,” writes John Thornhill, Innovation Editor at the Financial Times, in an article earlier this week. Both Toronto and Barcelona have a prominent reputation in the smart city community. The Canadian city has been making headlines in the last two years since the announcement that Google’s sister company, Sidewalk Labs, won the tender for the Toronto Quayside development. The derelict, 350-acre waterfront area now appears destined to be the most advanced smart city project in the world, backed by the technological prowess and deep pockets of Google’s parent company Alphabet. In the futuristic new development, 20-50 story timber skyscrapers will tower over an activity-packed, mixed-use, residential and commercial neighborhood. 1,200 square meters […]

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