Through the individual itineraries of its citizens Los Angles reinvents itself daily, creating an ephemeral urban identity in its airwaves. The boundaries of the city are blurring further as the interactions that used to happen in face to face transactions have now been transplanted by distance shrinking telephone conversations, e-mail and network connections. With communication being freed from the confines of the land-based systems and adapted to the body (palm-sized mobile phones, pda’s and laptop computers) the individual is able to leap beyond previous spatial barriers to create their own connections. Where the telephone used to create a comfortable spatial distance, today our next call could be coming from the other side of the world or from a cell phone outside our window. No longer do physical territory, or socially engrained values define a city, but the will of its citizens. The speed of the freeway is being eclipsed by the speed of communication. Built out of increasing demand from consumers, the cellular networks like the freeways before them promise to spatially liberate the citizen. Stealthy networks of towers and transmission stations span across the city in a hexagonal grid, allowing free roaming accessibility to the radio spectrum. This privately financed infrastructure is being built out in stages, a process where the first network provides thin coverage zones, which produce revenue to finance its own perpetual growth over successive stages. Rather than ubiquitous networks, the cell maps show a definable hierarchy, which follow the major freeways through the city and neglect the older neighborhoods.

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