Wednesday, November 16, 2005

It won't happen

In an ideal world, Birmingham and its suburbs could merge into one big happy family and work together to promote economic development, governmental efficiency, and quality-of-life improvements for the entire region.

But in this world, municipalities bicker at each other all the time. In this world, many people in the greater Birmingham area care about the Magic City only to the extent that it's a place to go to work five times a week. In this world, the region's residents, like the inhabitants of many other major metropolitan areas across the country, still are divided largely along racial and class lines, even though no one much likes to talk about it.

For those reasons and more, the metro-government referendum bill that state Rep. John Rogers, D-Birmingham, will propose next year won't make it very far.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

A go-slow approach is definitely the only way something like this could become a reality. What if all fire departments in the county were unified? And maybe police departments and the sheriff's office? Then, we could sit back and see how things go.

I'm betting that such a unified system would result in better fire/police services, so that people could conclude that unification may not be such a bad idea.

Forget unifying the school districts for now. That's fantasy-land.

11:25 AM  
Anonymous LizW said...

I can't imagine how one would even go about unifying the school districts. Doesn't Leeds have students who live in other counties? And Hoover has at least three schools that are in Shelby.

Whew. It would be complicated.

8:15 PM  
Blogger PoliSciZac said...

Not to be overly anal, but Rogers is a state rep, not a state sen.

7:40 AM  
Blogger Alabamian said...

Thanks. I knew that, but I must have churned this one out too quickly to catch the mistake. Anyway, it's corrected now.

9:20 AM  

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