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The Economist | Clever cities: The multiplexed metropolis

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Clever cities
The multiplexed metropolis
Enthusiasts think that data services can change cities in this century as much as electricity did in the last one. They are a long way from proving their case

AMSTERDAM AND BARCELONA

EVEN thieves, it seems, now have a smartphone app. Makkie Klauwe (it means something like “easy pickings” in Amsterdam slang) reveals the city’s best places for pilfering—for instance Reestraat and Tuinstraat, where bicycles appear to be a good target. The app depends for its dark arts on pulling together publicly available data on disposable income, crime levels and other problems reported in a district. A good place to steal might, for instance, have high income, low reported crime and broken streetlights.

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