Smart urban planning has transformed San Diego, California into one of the most exciting spots in the United States. Their example could greatly benefit other large cities across the globe. From the National Geographic Channel, World's Smart Cities: San Diego sheds light on their innovative efforts in every aspect of city living from energy to infrastructure to transportation.
Not so long ago, San Diego was struggling. Following World War II, the city's population was stagnant, new home building was scarce, and the downtown area was a wasteland where residents feared to tread. Today, this beautiful coastal paradise is thriving with tens of thousands of new residents and a skyscape filled with gleaming architecture.
There's the Central Library, which is comfortably nestled in the heart of downtown. A towering dome of glass and steel, the library welcomes over 3000 patrons a day, and serves as the central hub for a thoroughly engaged community. In fact, when funds ran low during the library construction, the community rallied together to bankroll its completion. That feeling of a close-knit community is what infuses this very large city with the warm intimacy of a small town.
The most talented leaders of tomorrow are flocking to San Diego. Enticed by the city's forward-thinking approach and world renowned educational institutions, they're making tremendous strides in fields like energy, biotechnology, agriculture and medicine. A third of the city's energy is powered by renewable resources. Groundbreaking research is being carried out that would allow all of the country's transportation to run on algae.
A flurry of small farms provide easy access to the freshest, healthiest foods for all residents. The coastal areas are a magnate for marine life and oceanographers alike. The city has also created a name for itself as a cultural mecca by playing host to the wildly popular Comic Con event every year.
The work being done in San Diego could elevate the lives of people all over the world. World's Smart Cities: San Diego pays tribute to the city's pioneering spirit, their commitment to creating a brighter future for all, and the quality and character of its people.