Diffusion of Computer Technology in California Local Government Planning Agencies

I recently dusted off my master’s thesis (typewritten) and scanned it into a PDF file.  The topic, technology adoption by urban planners, is still of interest to me but the types of technology have changed dramatically since 1985.  For my thesis I surveyed all California city and county planning agencies to ask about their adoption of computer technologies.  With a quite respectable response rate of 81% (403 out of 497) I was able to show the state of computer use by planners, which existed in only about 60% of planning offices at the time.  It was also interesting to note that nearly half of the planning offices felt computers were only having a moderate impact on the planning profession.  I have to assume that much has changed in the past 30 years.  (Click to view thesis).

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About Tom Sanchez

Professor, Urban Affairs & Planning Program School of Public and International Affairs College of Architecture and Urban Studies Virginia Tech
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