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A discussion of the technologies of computers and communications in terms of the major contemporary problems of cities. Since the communication of information may well be the most central and most vital function of an urban complex, the information-based technologies could be the next major force in the evolution of the city. Computer-communication technology could foster a widening, sparser distribution of people around the world, with urban pockets of active personal interaction among intellectual, commercial, industrial, and political leaders. Such urban centers would be sources of ideas and top-level decisions and would serve as input nodes in national and transnational information networks.

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