Although it is an accepted fact that histories of cities mirror the histories of their transportation and communication systems, present day transportation planners seem to occupy themselves solely with the workings of transport subsystems rather than large-system effects. The author here concerns himself with this problem, and suggests that predecessor policies are essential to a productive, beneficial transportation scheme. Not only must the criteria for safety, cost, load, and design be met, but also for such factors as noise, vibration and air pollution. Transportation and communication processes are so enmeshed within the processes of social change and economic development that each must be considered as an attribute of the other. The technologies associated with transportation and communication have contributed immeasurable to the national's economy. But the benefits have been unequally distributed within society, having caused a massive restructuring of spatial patterns, suburbanization, and the inevitable concentration of the poor in the city center. The author suggests a set of synoptic policies that would seek to exploit potential technological developments for explicated social purposes.

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  • Pagination: pp 45-51
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  • Created Date: Apr 8 1975 12:00AM