The Internet vs. The Automobile. "Place" becomes more important.

We are already seeing the knowledge worker and the high-tech, knowledge-sensitive industries migrating to highly livable communities. They are places with mountains or lakes, open spaces, clean air and water, and — as in the case of Portland, Ore. and other communities that have established urban-growth boundaries — less reliance on the automobile as the primary mode of transportation.

John M. Eger, Lionel Van Deerlin Endowed Chair of communications and public policy in the School of Journalism and Media Studies at San Diego State University is President of the World Foundation for Smart Communities .

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