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A Tale of Two Cities: An Exploratory Study of Consolidation and Annexation Policies in the Cities of Memphis and Nashville

ERIC S. RAYMOND and CHARLES E. MENIFIELD
PAQ, Vol. 35 No. 3, (2011)

America‟s metropolitan areas have dramatically changed in the past half-century due to the out-migration of residents to the suburbs. In an effort to deal with the effects of suburbanization, supporters of New Regionalism have identified several local-government measures which, it is argued, may significantly contain urban sprawl and reduce economic disparities. This research uses a spatial comparison case-study model to test a city‟s viability indicators and total fiscal capability. The authors found that, compared with annexation, city-county consolidation has the potential to reduce the erosion of a city‟s tax base thereby increasing its long-term economic stability and its overall viability.

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