How Telecommunications Systems Are Transforming Urban Spaces
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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