Times of San Diego: ‘Smart City’ Futurists Gather in San Diego for 1st Time

Mon, 2015-01-05 11:00 -- SCC Staff

Former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer were among featured speakers quoted in the Times of San Diego report on the Council's Smart Cities Now forum in San Diego. Read the full report here; a brief excerpt appears below.

The millennial generation, those born between 1980 and 2003, are not interested in owning cars, former Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said. The government cannot continue to have the same transportation bill, which is building roads and bridges, he said.

“The direction now is technology,” LaHood said.

And it needs to happen at the local level, he said.

“Cities are the incubators,” he said. “When you look around America today, most states are still in the road building, bridge building business. Where is the innovation taking place? It’s being implemented in the cities by young energetic mayors, city councils and city planners.”