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There are 6 comments on If Boston Were Smart

  1. The traffic light idea is a good one. How often I’ve sat at a red light and cynically remarked, “Here comes crossing traffic. That means the light will now turn green for me in order to stop them!”

    The low technology solution was–during low volume periods like nighttime–to simply let the lights flash yellow for thru traffic and red for crossing traffic. That doesn’t seem to happen any more.

  2. The problem is getting those smart people who live here to work in local government and administrative fields. I know it isn’t polite to point this out, but the smart folk mostly aren’t local, and the locals mostly aren’t smart. Just look at incredibly stupid MBTA or the bungling local law enforcement (marathon bombing case, e.g.) as evidence.

    1. It isn’t about being polite- It’s about being informed and having respect for those who work to keep you safe. So please don’t comment on something that you really don’t understand.

  3. Smarter office building security – smarter traffic ights – centralized traffic monitoring – smarter parking : You could make these ALL work better with LESS technology by allowing people to work from home. The first word in smarter living is REDUCE, then reuse and recycle.

  4. HAH!!! Smart city? Smart traffic lights? In Boston? The current traffic lights don’t even work; they are down all the time, blinking yellow or completely off. And hardly any of the crosswalk signs work properly. Maybe Boston could buy smart traffic lights if they stop paying police $100/hour (plus overtime on the weekends) to stand by construction sites and do nothing.

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