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    ...concern - and certainly not the only answer - is a regional authority that supercedes any of the affected localities in specific and strategic areas. In practice, giving up that kind of authority - even if it is limited to issues such as water management, transportation management, etc. is difficult politically. Yet, as the diarist points out, viable development has grown beyond the reach of most central cities (in part because developers and real estate interests took advantage of little or non-existent regulation in towns and counties outside of cities). We are well past the point now that water management in, for example, Detroit affects you if you live in Grosse Pointe, Troy, Bloomfield Hills, or any of the other more affluent suburbs around Detroit.

    This is a difficult issue to tackle. In my home region of Hampton Roads, VA, a regional authority has been discussed for decades, but it often becomes a potent wedge issue at election time, too often resulting in electing a majority of officials in the 7 affected cities who are at minimum skeptical of ceding ANY currently held power to some new government authority  - no matter how sensible or cost effective the regional arrangement might be.

    "Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will." -- Frederick Douglass

    by Egalitare on Tue Nov 09, 2010 at 10:57:34 AM PST

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