Smart Cities Worldwide

Defining a smart city is relative to what we believe a smart city should be. Boyd Clark defines the term in his article, The Smartest Cities in the World, as “a key mechanism for cities to find innovative solutions to the challenges that they are facing.” This includes issues such as transportation, energy usage, jobs, food and water. Among some of the smartest cities were, Copenhagen, Barcelona, Vancuver and Los Angelos. Cities were also judged on their current plans to become smarter cities and their movement in that direction. Some notable innovations that define these cities include: more green transportation such as walking and biking, high renewable resource energy usage, and the most smart phone ownership and usage. 

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Virginia MacKoul

Virginia is a graduate from the University of Florida's College of Design Construction and Planning with a degree in Sustainability and the Built Environment, and a minor in Urban Regional Planning. Virginia joined the Front Street team in 2011, as an intern. Upon graduation, Virginia joined the Front Street team full-time as the Director of Client Services. Ms. MacKoul’s addition furthers Front Street’s continued growth and expansion within Gainesville and other North Central Florida markets. She was promoted to Director of Marketing in 2014 and now manages the firm’s team of interns and oversees all marketing and branding activity. Virginia was born in Boston and moved to Lee County, Florida in 1997. Virginia graduated her high school's International Baccalaureate program and started at the University of Florida with a focus on Architecture. Virginia shares Front Street's passion of giving back to the community and those in need. Virginia's hobbies include photography, cooking, football, movies, music, and spending time with her dog, Brinkley.

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