The Internet and the Rise of the New Network Cities, 1969–1999

@article{Townsend2001TheIA,
  title={The Internet and the Rise of the New Network Cities, 1969–1999},
  author={Anthony M. Townsend},
  journal={Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design},
  year={2001},
  volume={28},
  pages={39 - 58}
}
  • A. Townsend
  • Published 1 February 2001
  • History
  • Environment and Planning B: Planning and Design
The recent rapid growth of the Internet has avoided scrutiny from urban planners as little information is available from which to assess its impacts on cities and regions. As a result, explanations of the relationship between telecommunications and urban growth are overly simplistic, forecasting either the centralization of decision-making in so-called ‘global’ cities or wholesale urban dissolution. Based on two measurements of Internet geography—domain name registrations and backbone networks… 

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