A Communications Theory of Urban Growth

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CONTENTS
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Prefacev
Chapter I URBAN COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEMS1
The Portrayal of Cities3
Accounting for Growth6
The Communications Process8
Machine-Interposed Communication13
Economic Magnitudes in Communications14
Chapter II THE CIVIC BOND20
Models of Man21
Cultural Sources of Cohesion28
The Emergence of Cities32
Through Commerce to the Metropolis35
Cohesion Expedited by Exchanges40
The Argument Recapitulated43
Chapter III USES OF TIME AND SPACE45
The Urban Time Budget48
The Construction of a Time Budget49
Related Indices of Urbanity54
The Space Budget55
Chapter IV TRANSACTION CAPACITY60
Exchanges of Symbols62
Cultural Growth66
Institutional Capacities and Overload68
Overload at the Stock Exchange72
Responses to Communications Stress74
Communications Load and Structure79
Chapter V PUBLIC CONTROLS FOR COMMUNICATIONS84
The Place of Advertising87
Television and Urban Culture90
Revenue from Communications Activities95
The Ascertainment of Communications Excesses98
The Electronic Couriers99
The Metropolitan District102
Recapitulation104

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