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The Smart City offers a wealth of opportunities for businesses, citizens, academia, culture, governments and many more. This raises some questions about which opportunities to pursue, which policies to implement and how to leverage the new capabilities for the good of the city and it's constituents. Current Smart City benchmarks try to shed some light on this question but usually fall short in certain areas (e.g. culture, logistic) and have difficulties to cope with the complexity of a city as a whole. Breaking the city down into smaller units (quarters, squares) and deconstructing the verticals in a way that interdisciplinary dependencies become manageable and measurable will help to operationalise insights and methods from benchmarking to become part of day to day city development.