6 trends that could shape US cities in 2024

Flying taxis, high-speed rail, emissions-free buildings and transportation: Some long-held dreams of urban futurists are moving forward in 2024.

Cities also are taking advantage of increased federal funding and growing public sentiment to address some long-neglected issues, like the shortage of affordable housing and the impacts of climate change, especially on disadvantaged communities. At the same time, however, cities are confronting problems that stem from the pandemic: empty office buildings, hollowed-out downtowns and public transit systems hobbled by changes in commuting…

Below is a selection of the trends that Smart Cities Dive will be keeping a watchful eye on in the coming year…

More building decarbonization policies will get off the ground, but not without snags…

Cities will increase climate resilience — or suffer the consequences…

U.S. high-speed rail will continue to gain momentum…

Flying taxis may finally take off…

Public transit continues to struggle with post-pandemic commuting changes…

Housing, particularly affordable housing, will remain a priority as cities rethink their downtowns.

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