Friday, July 09, 2010

local governments stuff

From outside Philly is a bit of news on local government stuff: Boroughs to Share Police Chief.

Not new, but I had not caught this.  Rumblings in New Jersey of a reform movement to consolidate their 566 municipalities into 100 or so.  New Jersey being a state with just under 9 million people and some think 566 municipalities is too much? Pennsylvania being a state with 12.6 million people give or take has over 2,500 fairly immutable municipalities. Change does happen in Pennsylvania. I think the last Pennsylvania municipality to dissolve was South Philipsburg in Centre County in 2007.

Lest anyone think we are even close to the scale of change that is being discussed in New Jersey, here is the real view from the T on any such idea:  Reformers are threatening a township way of life

I do need to get around to making a Pennsylvania version of this graphic of the local governments in Southwestern Pennsylvania.


OpenID RoboticGhost said...

Well the Blair Township document is certainly remarkable. I wonder if a later issue will state that study after study shows that smoking makes you look cool. Wendell Cox, the "government consolidation expert" cited, carries water as a freelance transit and city hater for various right wing think tanks and magazines. In what I believe was his only actual work experience of any kind, Cox was partially responsible for urban transportation planning in Los Angeles in the late 70s and early 80s. The man is the soul of abject intellectual competence. Bill Kristol-esque in predictive acuity.

Friday, July 09, 2010 10:15:00 AM  
Anonymous MH said...

I think that "passenger" is now the preferred term for "transit hater." (Mostly kidding, now at least, as the 61c has been doing great this summer.)

Saturday, July 10, 2010 9:32:00 PM  

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