Cities in the Third Wave: The Technological Transformation of Urban America

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Rowman & Littlefield, 2007 - Social Science - 163 pages
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This fully updated edition surveys the remarkable transformation that is taking place in urban America. Arguing that technology has both created and recast cities throughout history, Leonard I. Ruchelman explores how cities are being affected by new technology and how they will evolve in the future. Countries such as the United States and Japan have passed through the preindustrial and industrial stages of urban development and have now entered the stage of post-industrialism what the Tofflers called the "third wave." Considering key questions, Ruchelman asks: How do the computer and communications technologies that are fueling an information economy affect cities and suburbs? How do urban places adapt to changing conditions brought about by deindustrialization and the globalization of business enterprise? What kinds of strategies do they devise to attract and retain investment and jobs? Why do some cities appear to prosper in the new postindustrial era while others become victims? Helping students understand what it will take for their cities, and other cities around the world, to survive and even thrive in this fast-moving environment, this book will be a valuable supplement for a range of courses in urban studies."
  

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Contents

Technology and Urban Development
1
THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES ON THE ROLE OF TECHNOLOGY
2
THE ROLE OF SOCIETAL FACTORS
11
THE STRUCTURE OF THE BOOK
14
The Transformation of Urban America
17
THE PREINDUSTRIAL CITY 17601820
18
THE EARLY INDUSTRIAL CITY 18201870
20
THE INDUSTRIAL CITY COMES OF AGE 18701920
23
HEADQUARTERS CITIES
85
INNOVATION CENTERS
94
OLD INDUSTRIAL CITIES
98
BORDER CITIES
103
RETIREMENT SITES
106
LEISURETOURISM PLAYGROUNDS
110
EDGE CITIES
117
SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS
120

THE MASSPRODUCTION METROPOLIS 19201970
27
THE POSTINDUSTRIAL METROPOLIS 1970PRESENT
32
SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS
47
Third Wave Technologies and Spatial Restructuring
53
WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS
57
THE INTERNET AND THE WORLDWIDE INFORMATION EXPLOSION
59
ELECTRONIC APPLICATIONS
62
THE TECHNOLOGICAL RESHAPING OF WORK
70
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY AND THE EMERGENCE OF NEW SPATIAL PATTERNS
74
SUMMARY AND CONCLUSIONS
79
Types of Cities
83
Conclusions Cities in the Third Wave
125
THE ROLE OF GROWTH COALITIONS IN CITIES
127
CITISTATES IN THE GLOBAL ECONOMY
128
CITIES IN PURSUIT OF NICHE MARKETS
130
CITIES AS ENTERTAINMENT CENTERS
133
IS THIRD WAVE URBAN DEVELOPMENT SUSTAINABLE?
134
Bibliography
151
Index
159
About the Author
163
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