Boyd Cohen is a "climate strategist" who's put together rankings of the "smartest" cities in the world--he's defined that term to mean cities that "use information and communication technologies (ICT) to be more intelligent and efficient in the use of resources, resulting in cost and energy savings, improved service delivery and quality of life, and reduced environmental footprint--all supporting innovation and the low-carbon economy." (So it's sort of like "smart" in the sense of Smart car--don't make too much of it.) Now on Fast Company he's released his 10 smartest cities in North America and, sorry cliched haters, Los Angeles comes in at number nine, ranking very high in smart governance, living, and mobility. How'd we do it? Despite our low rate of transit use (11.6 percent), LA is working on "increased density, growing its network of pedestrian and cycling paths and increased use of renewable energy." The newly-thriving tech scene here also helped, including the incubators that are funding new companies.
Boyd based his ranking on six components--economy (entrepeneurship and innovation, productivity, local and global interconnectedness), environment (green buildings, green energy, green urban planning), governance (enabling supply and demand side policy, transparency and open data, information and communications technology and e-gov), living (culturally vibrant and happy, safe, healthy), mobility (mixed-modal access, prioritized clean and non-motorized options, integrated ICT), and people (twenty-first century education, inclusive society, embrace creativity). The various data sources he used are almost all publicly available.
· The Top 10 Smartest Cities In North America [Fast Company]
· Silicon Beach is Real: Mapping LA's Growing Tech Scene [Curbed LA]