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Urban Communication Regulation

Communication Freedoms and Limits


Edited By Harvey Jassem and Susan J. Drucker

Cities are where the majority of people in the world live. As such, it is critically important to understand cities when seeking to address quality-of-life issues. While the concentration of people in cities presents many complex issues that warrant attention, the focus of this book is on urban communication and human interaction as regulated by municipal governments. Thirteen scholars—whose backgrounds range from community organizing, to law, telecommunication, architecture, city planning, art, policy studies, and urban communication—examine public communication venues and opportunities, all of which are impacted by municipal regulation.

Whether it is the selective funding of public art, the establishment of architectural standards for public buildings, the regulation of signage, public assembly, food trucks, or telecommunication access, the authors in Urban Communication Regulation: Communication Freedoms and Limits contend that urban policy and regulation shape communication in cities. Through zoning, funding, "private law," and a host of other means, the regulation of communication has significant impacts on the quality of life for those who live in cities. The essays in this volume focus on many of these impacts, and suggest both why and how municipal regulation can improve the quality of urban communication.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Names: Jassem, Harvey, editor. | Drucker, Susan J., editor. Title: Urban communication regulation: communication freedoms and limits / edited by Harvey Jassem and Susan J. Drucker. Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2018. Series: Urban communication; vol. 5 | ISSN 2153-1404 Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2017035224 | ISBN 978-1-4331-4631-2 (pbk.: alk. paper) | ISBN 978-1-4331-4632-9 (hardback: alk. paper) | ISBN 978-1-4331-4633-6 (ebook pdf) | ISBN 978-1-4331-4634-3 (epub) | ISBN 978-1-4331-4635-0 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: Mass media policy. | Communication policy. | Municipal government. Classification: LCC P95.8.U73 | DDC 302.23—dc23 LC record available at DOI 10.3726/b11474

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