Queens may be a New York City borough, but it has smart city ambitions. The densely populated district aims to become a “smart borough” through an initiative that emphasizes tech and infrastructure modernization. The effort is led by Queens President Donovan Richards Jr., who was elected last year, and his staff. Its key focal areas include connectivity, mobility, sustainability and the future of work, said Rhonda Binda, Queens deputy borough president. Binda suggests that boroughs need their own strong infrastructure to successfully integrate into the city’s broader plan. In addition, NYC’s smart city efforts tend to center on Manhattan and often do not provide comprehensive inclusion of the other boroughs, she said.

“[W]e know that each borough needs to focus on modernizing its infrastructure in order to benefit and participate in any overall city effort,” Binda said. “Thus far with the city’s overall smart city efforts, we have seen the outer boroughs left behind… By the time the technology reaches the outer boroughs it is often outdated.” She cited the Citi Bike bikeshare program’s Manhattan focus and ineffectiveness at addressing transit deserts in the boroughs. Plus, the program now competes with new mobility options such as e-bikes, scooters and mopeds — and those modes are still missing the mark on meeting mobility needs throughout […]

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