Monday, January 05, 2009

It's about regional cooperation, stupid

The importance of regional cooperation in the Richmond metro area is outlined in a post penned by yours truly at the Fan District Hub.

In the future it’s going to be more and more difficult to provide clean water, proper schools, adequate fire and police departments, and all sorts of costly but unavoidable budget items, without genuine cooperation from all the governments of the metropolitan area.

The question is: How long will it take?

Since the densely populated suburban counties have developed — to some extent — on the backs of those who moved there hoping to avoid dealing with urban problems, their elected officials are accustomed to being automatically against most boundary-blurring notions.

Furthermore, the City of Richmond’s officials are accustomed to looking at the counties as lesser-than entities.
Click here to read the entire piece.

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