Bringing together the thoughts of outstanding contributors, Regional Politics presents a comparative study on the emerging regional nature of local and urban politics. Recent studies tend to focus on the politics and power of internal cities or on suburban areas that have gained incredible strength in the past decade. However, this important volume explores how politics work in the extended metropolis or “functional city”--which includes and surrounds the urban core and whose economy, society, and politics are integrally joined. Contributors center on detailed case studies of 10 cities with a look at the development of regional patterns, an analysis of the impact regionalism has on urban politics, and an outline for an overall approach. The comprehensive and state-of-the-art expertise presented in this volume makes Regional Politics ideal for planners, policymakers, academics, researchers, and students in the areas of urban politics, state and local government, and public policy.

Portland: The Metropolitan Umbrella

Portland: The metropolitan umbrella
Arthur C.Nelson

Introduction

The Metropolitan Service District, which encompasses the contiguously urbanized areas of the Portland, Oregon, Metropolitan Statistical Area,1 is a multipurpose regionally elected governing body that is at once pathbreaking as a mode of regional governance yet benign in its functions. “Metro” provides several services that cut across traditional municipal and county boundaries of 24 cities and three counties. These services include a regional zoo, regional solid waste disposal, and regional tourism development. Metro also is responsible for coordinating growth management, land use, and transportation planning within the region, and it has the authority—not yet exercised—to assume management of the region's transit operations.

Metro is the nation's only directly elected regional governing body. The Metro Council is composed of ...

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