Georgia Power’s “Smart City” Approach to Managing Urbanization
- Feb 20, 2020 4:05 pm GMT
In January 2018, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported that Atlanta, Georgia’s current population, totaling 5.8M at the time, is expected to grow to 8.6M by 2046. The primary reason for this growth is urbanization.
Urbanization is not unique to Atlanta, the U.S. or North America. For a variety of reasons—that differ by region—it is why populations are expected to keep growing in urban areas throughout the world. Open University published the graph shown below, charting this growth through 2050.
While urbanization may be exciting for those in search of a better life, it puts stress on city planners and utility leaders who are accountable for serving all citizens equitably and efficiently. We don’t live in a world where city planners can the number of residents and put the others on a waiting list until the infrastructure, community resources or economics can accommodate them.
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