For the past 20 minutes I’ve been tempted to take a nap as the consultants have discussed infrastructure, electrical systems, etc.
But then wireless internet came up. Consultants have put up a proposal to provide wifi in open spaces of the Myriad Gardens. Lead designer James Burnett suggested following NYC’s Bryant Park model, in which Google actually pays to provide wireless. Not that Google or any company might “pay” to provide free wireless here, but maybe, Burnett says, a third party might agree to provide wireless to all of the gardens.
Next question is whether the city might make the deal more doable by providing the hardware, since its streetscape portion of Project 180 will include wireless antennas, etc at each street corner for traffic control, public safety. City IT folks apparently not eager to add service of wireless for the public at the gardens to their workloads.
Group is talking about doing a hybrid – letting third party wireless vendors use the city’s infrastructure. Assistant City Engineer Laura Story is open to that idea as a way to avoid more antenna clutter.