A key lesson learned throughout 2020 is that nobody can predict the future, but that won't stop us from trying.
Though the COVID-19 pandemic upended countless municipal planning efforts, many trends that were expected to transform smart cities in 2020 still managed to take shape: the micromobility world saw consolidation, building electrification efforts took hold in California and car-free zones were certainly considered more widely — though not for reasons we had expected.
Still, the resilience shown by cities to pursue "smart city" efforts despite an unprecedented health crisis suggests even more growth will come in 2021. To gauge our readers' thoughts on this, Smart Cities Dive put out a call for expert predictions on what the new year will hold for local governments.
From electrification to digital twins and the "15-minute city," respondents shared a wide variety of trends to watch as we move into 2021.
The following responses have been edited for clarity and brevity. Full Article