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Unread 01-09-2012, 11:38 AM
 
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But they also have to provide the basic services that the rest of the people in the municipality receive: Law enforcement, education, fire protection, street services, etc.
The problem is when they spread the boarders that far the services get thin but the revenue increases. Its a micro version of taxation without much representation.

It would be far more efficient to break it up into smaller bouroughs and set the taxes according to the actual needs of the specific area where you live.

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Unread 01-09-2012, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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The city of Anchorage & the borough of Anchorage merged back in the seventies to form the Municipality of Anchorage. It stretches from Portage to Knik River.
BUT: not a lot of it is able to be developed. Chugach State Park, Far North Bicentennial Park, Kincaid Park, Fort Richardson, Elemdorf AFB and the Ted Stevens International Airport take up a big chuck of what isn't mountains or water.
Eagle River, Chugiak, Peter's Creek, Bird, Girdwood, and Indian are all part of the Municipality of Anchorage.
The Matanusaka-Susitna Borough is roughly the same size as the state of West Virgina.
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Unread 01-09-2012, 05:32 PM
 
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Is Wasilla considered part of Anchorage also?
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Unread 01-09-2012, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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Is Wasilla considered part of Anchorage also?
Nope. Wasilla is it's own city, in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Boroughs in Alaska are roughly equivalent to counties in the lower 48.
Wasilla, Palmer & Houston are the three incorporated cities in the Mat-Su Borough.

Wasilla & Palmer serve as bedroom communities to Anchorage, with roughly 40% of people commuting in for work.
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Unread 01-11-2012, 08:31 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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The city of Anchorage & the borough of Anchorage merged back in the seventies to form the Municipality of Anchorage. It stretches from Portage to Knik River.
BUT: not a lot of it is able to be developed. Chugach State Park, Far North Bicentennial Park, Kincaid Park, Fort Richardson, Elemdorf AFB and the Ted Stevens International Airport take up a big chuck of what isn't mountains or water.
Eagle River, Chugiak, Peter's Creek, Bird, Girdwood, and Indian are all part of the Municipality of Anchorage.
The Matanusaka-Susitna Borough is roughly the same size as the state of West Virgina.
They did not merge. They are two separate entities:
  • The Municipality of Anchorage; and
  • The Anchorage Borough.
The Anchorage Borough extends to Hope.
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Unread 01-11-2012, 11:11 AM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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Ummm... No. There is no political entity called the Anchorage Borough. Anchorage was incorporated as a city on November 23, 1920. The Greater Anchorage Area Borough, which encompassed the city, was created in January 1964. The two were merged in a unified government called the Municipality of Anchorage on September 15, 1975.
I noticed your graphic is tagged as coming from the Department of Labor... I'm assuming they have a region they've labeled as Anchorage that encompasses an area larger that what is the Municipality of Anchorage.
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Unread 01-11-2012, 12:55 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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Ummm... No. There is no political entity called the Anchorage Borough. Anchorage was incorporated as a city on November 23, 1920. The Greater Anchorage Area Borough, which encompassed the city, was created in January 1964. The two were merged in a unified government called the Municipality of Anchorage on September 15, 1975.
I noticed your graphic is tagged as coming from the Department of Labor... I'm assuming they have a region they've labeled as Anchorage that encompasses an area larger that what is the Municipality of Anchorage.
Of course there is still an Anchorage Borough, as well as the Municipality of Anchorage. They merely merged the government, not the political subdivisions. Which is why there is a Peters Creek, Birchwood, Chugiak, Eagle River, Bird, Indian, Girdwood, and Hope. They are all within the Anchorage Borough, but separate from the Municipality of Anchorage. If it was just one entity then everything would be the Municipality of Anchorage and Peters Creek, Birchwood, Chugiak, Eagle River, Bird, Indian, Girdwood, and Hope would cease to exist.

The map I posted from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development is actually labeled "Anchorage Borough" and is dated well after 1975.

I think I will go with the State of Alaska over Wikipedia. The State of Alaska is a far more credible source.

FYI: There is a City of Los Angeles and a Los Angeles County as well. The City of Los Angeles is within Los Angeles County, as is Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Venice, Culver City, Sherman Oaks, Reseda, Northridge, Thousand Oaks, Pacific Palisades, Glendale, Burbank, and numerous other cities. It is no different than the Anchorage Borough and the Municipality of Anchorage.
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Unread 01-12-2012, 12:19 PM
 
Location: South St Louis
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I think that, area-wise, Juneau is one of the largest cities in the US.
According to Wikipedia, the largest cities in the US by area are:
1. Sitka
2. Juneau
3. Wrangell
4. Anchorage

All are in Alaska. (Personally never heard of Wrangell.).
The total land area of these four cities is nearly equal to that of the entire state of Massachsetts.

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Unread 01-12-2012, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, Alaska
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According to Wikipedia, the largest cities in the US by area are:
1. Sitka
2. Juneau
3. Wrangell
4. Anchorage

All are in Alaska. (Personally never heard of Wrangell.).
The total land area of these four cities is nearly equal to that of the entire state of Massachsetts.
Consider the source.

They are including the total land area of the boroughs. Not just the cities.
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Unread 01-12-2012, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Wasilla Alaska
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According to Wikipedia, the largest cities in the US by area are:
1. Sitka
2. Juneau
3. Wrangell
4. Anchorage

All are in Alaska. (Personally never heard of Wrangell.).
The total land area of these four cities is nearly equal to that of the entire state of Massachsetts.
It takes a lot of land around a city for us to graze our pet polar bears that we ride back and forth between work and our igloos.
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