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Municipal Incorporation Activity in the United States: Patterns, People and Procedures

Russell M. Smith
Format
Book
Published
Cham, Switzerland : Springer, [2018]
Language
English
Series
Urban Book Series
ISBN
9783319721873, 3319721879, 9783319721880
Summary
This book provides a comprehensive analysis of the municipal incorporation activity in the United States over the last several decades and the geographic consequences of the incorporation of new cities. It aims to explore new municipalities and to develop a better understanding and appreciation for these complex local government boundary changes. Since 1990, the United States has witnessed the incorporation of more than 400 new cities. These newly incorporated municipalities (NIMs) were established on the edges of growing metropolitan areas, in beach and mountain resort destinations, and largely rural counties. The incorporation of these new cities is a complex and politically charged geographic event. These new cities can contribute to metropolitan fragmentation within a region, provide important public services to growing urban areas, and/or exclude unwanted populations. New cities can also result in new school boundaries, new levels of taxation, and new boards and commissions with varied political powers.
Contents
  • Introduction to municipal incorporation in the USA
  • The process of municipal incorporation in the USA
  • Why do new cities form?
  • The geography of municipal incorporation: where are the newly incorporated municipalities (NIMs)?
  • Demographic and socioeconomic characteristics of new cities
  • Clustering of new cities and the theory of a herd mentality
  • New cities of color: spatial patterns and financial conditions of majority-minority municipal incorporation efforts in the USA, 1990-2009
  • Implications of municipal incorporation activity in the USA
  • The future of municipal incorporation in the USA.
Description
xx, 184 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 24 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Series Statement
Urban book series, 2365-757X
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