Crain’s New York Business featured Smart Cities Guru Anil Ahuja’s opinion piece on his long-term recommendation for New York’s failing infrastructure. The article encourages city leaders to focus on smart and sustainable infrastructure to improve drinking water, wastewater and solid waste systems.
Ahuja believes President Trump’s trillion-dollar plan to upgrade the nation’s infrastructure is an opportunity to reinforce and invest in smart infrastructure. “Cities like New York must prepare to advocate for their priorities, which should not include repairing failing infrastructure that will be useless in a few years anyway,” states Ahuja. “New York needs to focus on smart, sustainable projects to improve its frail drinking water, wastewater and solid-waste systems.”
Ahuja emphasizes that improving a country’s transportation system requires not only a smarter use of concrete and steel, but also a stronger dependence on information technology.