Hello mid-sized cities out there. Have you seen what Baltimore is doing lately with civic tech?
Formerly best-known for being the place where The Wire was filmed, it suddenly seems to be outpacing a lot other, bigger, more fashionable cities as a hotbed of civic tech reinvetion.
Last week they launched the Open Baltimore Data Portal, next weekend they’re hosting a Civic Hack Day, and they’re talking about other experiments in rethinking city government.
Looking to see how it all develops. If they keep their game up, we may see a new hotbed of civic tech taking root.
And I think this says to all of the other cities out there: Game On! What have you got to show?