BBC: South Korea’s Songdo Scores on Tech, Sours on Buzz


Songdo, South Korea is a showcase for some of the world’s most innovative urban technology.

But that doesn’t mean it’s a desirable place to live. According to the BBC, while Songdo scores points for advancements such as pneumatic waste removal and sensors that monitor temperature, energy use and traffic flow, it struggles with the most basic element that makes any city great: an indefinable buzz. The city also has had difficulty attracting commerce and largely feels “empty,” the article says.

More about Songdo, dubbed the Atlantis of the Far East, a $35 billion high-tech city being built from scratch along Incheon’s waterfront, and a short train ride from Seoul.

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