Regions Suffer When Governance is Fragmented

Markus Berensson writes about the increasing need for regional governance that can make decisions, and the consequences to a region without that governing body.
April 11, 2011, 7am PDT | Tim Halbur
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Berensson looks at Census data that shows a correlation between slow population growth and cities and regions where decision-making power is fragmented:

"A higher level of municipal fragmentation is negatively associated with population growth in all American metropolitan areas – large ones as well as small ones – while it also has a negative impact on income growth in larger metro areas of more than 300,000 residents. It is therefore clear that the fragmented governance that can be seen in many large American metro areas such as Greater New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh or Cleveland – where each metropolitan region consists of hundreds of local governments – leads to slower growth, not only for the decaying central cities but for the region as a whole."

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Published on Friday, April 1, 2011 in City Mayors
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