Cities are recognizing the risks associated with rising water levels, natural disasters, and potential epidemics. Sustainability is now an accepted part of the development “ethos” in real estate, along with increased efforts toward urban resilience. ULI’s Greenprint Center, the District of Columbia government, and Fannie Mae are among those public and private organizations at the forefront of advancing urban resiliency. Read Leslie’s Urban Land magazine for the latest information.
The Chesapeake Crescent Initiative (CCI), a public-private collaborative founded six years ago to support technological innovation, is leading a “Safe + Smart Cities” coalition to help cities optimize their operational performance and harden their resiliency through the efficient use of technology. The coalition has selected the city of Newark, Delaware for its first pilot, to be followed by a second one to be announced later this fall.