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  •  Not sure how well that would go (1+ / 0-)
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    The other communities in Wayne County probably wouldn't want to consolidate with the city.

    Procrastination: Hard work often pays off after time, but laziness always pays off now.

    by Linnaeus on Fri Mar 01, 2013 at 03:29:27 PM PST

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    •  Probably? (0+ / 0-)

      Try "certainly".  

      One "attraction" of the Indianapolis expansion was that it was ambitious enough to keep the white flight leaving the central city within city limits.  It also helped greatly that Marion County received disproportionate funding from the state legislature;  unlike other parts of the state like Lake County, its legislators spoke with one voice when directing pork toward the center of the state, and got the pork.  And to be really, really cynical, the Indiana Republicans rather liked having the largest city in the state under their control, and they only way to retain that control was to expand to the Marion County line.

      To repeat an Indianapolis event, Detroit would have to expand 26 miles north to 34 Mile Road, west to Ann Arbor and south to the Huron River.   That would make for a very interesting, if ungovernable city.  

      "Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage." -- Lucille Ball

      by Yamaneko2 on Sat Mar 02, 2013 at 02:10:38 PM PST

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      •  Indianapolis now has split control (0+ / 0-)

        the Mayor is Republican; the City Council Democratic.

        New York City is 309 square miles, Indianapolis 372 square miles, San Diego 372 square miles, Los Angeles is 469 square miles, Nashville 526 square miles, Houston 656 square miles, and Jacksonville 747 square miles, so a large city can function.

        •  Metro Detroit (0+ / 0-)

          The area of metro Detroit that I describes is 60 miles north-south and 15 - 30 miles east-west.  That would make it twice Jacksonville's size.

          The Indianapolis suburban flight has crossed the county line, particularly the Hamilton County line to the north.  

          "Politics should be the part-time profession of every citizen who would protect the rights and privileges of free people and who would preserve what is good and fruitful in our national heritage." -- Lucille Ball

          by Yamaneko2 on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 10:51:47 PM PST

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