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Cities in the Third Wave The Technological Transformation of Urban America

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ISBN-10: 0742539091

ISBN-13: 9780742539099

Edition: 2nd 2007

Authors: Leonard I. Ruchelman

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This fully updated edition surveys the remarkable transformation that is taking place in urban America. Arguing that technology has transformed cities throughout history, Leonard 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 postindustrialism-what the Tofflers called the third wave. 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…    
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Book details

Edition: 2nd
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/20/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 178
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

List of Figures, Tables, and Boxes
Technology and Urban Development
Theoretical Perspectives on the Role of Technology
The Role of Societal Factors
The Structure of the Book
The Transformation of Urban America
The Preindustrial City, 1760-1820
The Early Industrial City, 1820-1870
The Industrial City Comes of Age, 1870-1920
The Mass-Production Metropolis, 1920-1970
The Postindustrial Metropolis, 1970-Present
Summary and Conclusions
Third Wave Technologies and Spatial Restructuring
Telecommunications Systems
Wireless Communications
The Internet and the Worldwide Information Explosion
Electronic Applications
The Technological Reshaping of Work
Information Technology and the Emergence of New Spatial Patterns
Summary and Conclusions
Types of Cities
Headquarters Cities
Innovation Centers
Old Industrial Cities
Border Cities
Retirement Sites
Leisure-Tourism Playgrounds
Edge Cities
Summary and Conclusions
Conclusions: Cities in the Third Wave
The Role of Growth Coalitions in Cities
"Citistates" in the Global Economy
Cities in Pursuit of Niche Markets
Cities as Entertainment Centers
Is Third Wave Urban Development Sustainable?
About the Author