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Facing The Future Of Cities

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Technology can be a boon or a bust to cities, depending on how it's applied.

On Tuesday, Up to Date is partnering with Central Standard to bring two hours of live coverage of this year's CityAge New American City conference in session at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

In the first portion of Tuesday's program we'll talk with Chattanooga Mayor Ron Littlefield and Mike Burke, chair of the Mayors' Bistate Innovations Team about how cities use high-speed internet service to move their city's residents, businesses, and governments forward, and what Kansas City can look forward to with Google Fiber's gigabit residential service.

In the second portion of our hour, we'll talk about the future of transportation and how technology can help encourage smarter growth.  Marsha Andeson Bomar, Senior Principal and Transportation Ambassador for Stantec talks about her firm's work helping municipalities develop their transportation infrastructure, while Roger Millar, Vice President of Smart Growth America talks about how his organization helps state and local governments develop sustainable cities through well-planned public transit and walkable neighborhoods.

We'll also visit with Zia Yusuf, CEO of Streetline Inc., the leading global provider of sensor-enabled Smart City solutions about his company's software that helps you find a parking space, and William Knapp, COO of car2go North America, a shared-car rental car service.

Finally, Frank Byrne, executive director of the Kansas City Symphony explains the art of applause during an orchestra concert. The subject became the talk of the arts community earlier this week.

As a host and contributor at KCUR, I seek to create a more informed citizenry and richer community. I want to enlighten and inspire our audience by delivering the information they need with accuracy and urgency, clarifying what’s complicated and teasing out the complexities of what seems simple. I work to craft conversations that reveal realities in our midst and model civil discourse in a divided world. Follow me on Twitter @ptsbrian or email me at brian@kcur.org.
Stephen Steigman is director of Classical KC and chief of broadcast operations for KCUR 89.3 and 91.9 Classical KC. You can email him at stephen@kcur.org.