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Urban Planning and Information and Communication Technology: Ideas and Facts


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  • Galit Cohen

    (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)

  • Marina van Geenhuizen

    (Delft University of Technology)

  • Peter Nijkamp

    (Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam)


In our modern network world, ICT acts as a connecting and integratingmechanism. Information (data, knowledge)has become a core constellation in an open economy. The avalanche ofinformation supply however, has not keptpace with the use of information by decision-making bodies.Especially in the public domain we observe often aninsurmountable gap. The actual use of opportunities offered by theICT sector to the public domain isdisappointingly low. The paper sets out to explain the existence ofimpediments in information acceptance and usein urban policy making. Particular attention will be given to theperception of the information potential by planners,experts and decision-makers. In this respect various constraintsexist in terms of lack of awareness of ICT policies,and lack of consensus about goals and means of ICT policies. Theanalysis will be illustrated by reference to aDutch study on the role of the advanced information sector in modernurban planning and administration.

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Paper provided by Tinbergen Institute in its series Tinbergen Institute Discussion Papers with number 01-064/3.

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Date of creation: 09 Jul 2001
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Handle: RePEc:dgr:uvatin:20010064

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Keywords: ICT policies; local authorities; decision-makers; perceptions;

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  1. Edward L. Glaeser, 1998. "Are Cities Dying?," Journal of Economic Perspectives, American Economic Association, American Economic Association, vol. 12(2), pages 139-160, Spring.
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  1. Marina Geenhuizen & Peter Nijkamp, 2009. "Place-bound versus footloose firms: wiring metropolitan areas in a policy context," The Annals of Regional Science, Springer, Springer, vol. 43(4), pages 879-896, December.
  2. van Geenhuizen, Marina, 2002. "Metropolitan areas in a learning society: ICT-policy in the Netherlands as an example," ERSA conference papers ersa02p418, European Regional Science Association.


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