New Communications Technology In New Town Development (Roosevelt Island) (1974)

By Glenn Ralston, New York City

One of the numerous new communities across the country, Roosevelt Island provides 5000 New Town units with in New York City, and is being developed by the Urban Development Corporation of New York State. This report offers a look at how we can begin to shape an integrated communications infra-structure based upon CATV technology.

Several examples of existing community based video applications are described which themselves could be suitably interfaced into local service for the Island. Other examples are mentioned that could be implemented if the resulting community determines that such uses would satisfy their programmatic needs.

Finally and most importantly, unresolved issues are highlighted. Perhaps the watchwords should be "enact no major constraints." For better or worse, this experience has been developed on the expedient principles of "ad hocracy". Time will tell.

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