Lionel Van Deerlin Professor of Communications and Public Policy, San Diego State University
Posted: 04/ 7/11 03:41
The new global knowledge based economy, not to mention our current fiscal crisis, demands that government rethink how to organize itself to be most competitive. That might mean cutting out a city council or two, a few mayors of other top administrative posts in the name of efficiency.
The idea of stimulating economic prosperity by reorganizing government, as Neil Pierce syndicated columnist has been writing for years, is that regions, or “citistates” as he calls them, should be looking to develop synergies with nearby cities or counties. “Cities and towns that have a shared identification,” he argues, “function as a single zone for trade commerce and communication and are characterized by social, economic and environmental inter-dependence.”
Most people already live in one jurisdiction, work in other, and play or dine in a third. They have no idea that this is so and that the cost to them is enormous because of the duplication and waste. Moreover, they do not realize that the new creative economy demands consolidation to save money of course. But more is at stake than simply, dollars, or even turf or power.
According to Bruce Katz, a founding director of the Metropolitan Economy Initiative at the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C., “There is a fundamental disconnect between how we live and work in large portions all over America and how we govern.”