This fully updated edition surveys the remarkable transformation that is taking place in urban America. Arguing that technology has transformed 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." 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 courses in urban studies.
Leonard I. Ruchelman is Eminent Professor of Urban Studies and Public Administration at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia.
Chapter 1: Technology and Urban Development Chapter 2: The Transformation of Urban America Chapter 3: Third Wave Technologies and Spatial Restructuring Chapter 4: Types of Cities Chapter 5: Conclusions: Cities in the Third Wave