Smart Cities around the world are finding innovative ways to improve the quality of life of their citizens by the use of technology, analytics and efficiency of operations. One challenge in American cities is the issue of “food deserts”. The USDA defines food deserts as areas that don’t have ready access to fresh healthy food, specifically residents who live more than a mile away from fresh produce. In New York City 75% of its population are able to walk within 5 minutes and have access fresh food. In Atlanta, Ga only 15% of the population is within a 5 minute walking distance of fresh produce.
“Plans are only good intentions unless they immediately degenerate into hard work.” – Peter Druker
America what is going to be our 50 Year Energy Plan? Environmentalists have a plan, the Renewables sector has a plan, and utility companies have a plan juxtaposed with what the citizens want. We have to come together and make a plan; I don’t believe we can allow one constituency to unilaterally make a plan for everybody to abide by. Who should have the most input in the plan? Well the Millennial generation is the stakeholders who have the most to gain or lose by what ever plan we decide on. I believe it would be a grave mistake for the government; utilities and even the green movement to make a plan without considering what everyone wants and how every stakeholder will be affected from the least to the greatest. Since the millennial generation will be driving the ship soon let us consider what they want:
#BlackHistory Do you realize when they arrest a persons from the city (urban areas) they often after sentencing shipped to a rural prison (most are private prisons) in mostly white areas. Studies have shown African Americans are disproportionately arrested for crimes, get harsher penalties and serve longer prison terms. Now WATCH WHAT HAPPENS, that prisoner cannot vote BUT he now counts towards the voting block of that mostly white rural area because he is counted as part of the population according to the Census Bureau.