The Problem With Thinking Regionally

Carol Coletta is a believer in the new emphasis in regional government, but worries that it may be at the expense of the local.

Coletta writes, "Regionalism makes complete sense conceptually. Our economies, our natural systems, and our transportation systems are, indeed, regional and require a regional approach."

"The real problem comes when, in the name of regionalism, decision makers become place agnostic. In other words, they can't favor any one place in the region for fear of offending every other place in the region. That translates into development anywhere in the region being labeled as good development. If a road is built in one part of the region, it must be equalized with a road in another part of the region."

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