Popular DC Street to get high tech upgrade

- One of D.C.’s most well-known streets is getting a high tech upgrade.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser took the wraps off a major cyber upgrade along Pennsylvania Avenue on Thursday. 

The upgrade will bring Wi-Fi internet service, help individuals find parking, make the lights brighter at night when somebody walks through the area, and will even have garbage cans that can signal when they need to be emptied.  

On Thursday May Bowser said the “Wi-Fi’ing of this area” known as the ‘PA 2040 initiative’ is going to radically change the area, making it truly a “smart street” right down to the trash cans.

“When you’re the Mayor you think A LOT about trash cans! You think about trash cans don’t you, so we want to test trash cans that will have sensors to notify DPW to when they are near capacity and help us develop more efficient routes,” Mayor Bowser said.

Although the upgrade is bringing a lot of excitement to the area, it is also causing some concern. The upgrade, P2040, will also bring cameras to the area, cameras that will be able to record people without people knowing they are being recorded.  Some people are uncomfortable with the government having them on camera, when they don’t know they’re on camera.

The mayor and supporters of the project say there is a lot of good that would come with all of the upgrades. It will put D.C. on the map as a smart city, where people can work and do business anywhere and everywhere they go. 

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