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Private, crowdsourced mobile phone applications addressing urban mobility collect troves of data on city flows. So how can municipalities tap into these databases to accurately understand the movement of their citizens?

Imagine a municipality totally in tune with the demand and behaviors of its populace. It understands how people move in the city, their preferences, and how outside factors like weather, time of day, and season, augment their movements. The city can adjust transit service frequency based on a weather forecast, implement bicycle infrastructure per actual demand as opposed to loudest voice, and prioritize repaving projects based on travel demand and stress, all with the utmost of precision and accuracy. 

Read the full story The Power of Public-Private Partnerships: Mobile Phone Apps and Municipalities on Planetizen.org.