How Telecommunications Systems Are Transforming Urban Spaces

April 1999

Mitchell L. Moss
Anthony M. Townsend
Taub Urban Research Center
New York University



Telecommunications technologies are receiving increasing attention from urban planners and geographers, however, the conceptual framework underlying much scholarly research remains focused on the relationship of communications systems to the locational pattern of activities in metropolitan regions.

All too often, telecommunications systems are treated as an alternative to transportation systems, as a substitute for the physical movement of people and services. The growing use of telecommunications systems is doing far more than influence where people work and live, but is actually changing the character of activities that occur in the home, office, and automobile. In the early twentieth century the automobile was widely considered to be a "horseless" carriage, yet time has proven the car to have a far greater impact on the urban landscape than a faster carriage.


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With support from the National Science Foundation, under the Urban Research Initiative
(C) 1999, 2000, 2001 Taub Urban Research Center, New York University
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