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Old 04-16-2015, 12:45 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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St. Louis would benefit from getting its inner ring suburbs. Quite a few of them you literally drive by an intersection and don't even realize you've left the city anyway.

Chicago should get Schiller Park, Rosemont, Harwood Heights, and Norridge. The city completely surrounds the latter two, and the former two on other side of the little sliver that technically connects Chicago to O'Hare.

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Unfortunately, the Missouri State Constitution froze the St. Louis city limits, and forbids any further annexation or expansion.
There's been some political talk of bringing St. Louis into St. Louis County, but it wouldn't be a city county merger in which everything becomes St. Louis. St. Louis could be added as another municipality of the county. Everything that's happened recently in Ferguson has essentially frozen such talk though.
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Old 04-17-2015, 01:42 PM
 
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I can easily see Cambridge and Somerville fitting right into Boston, and throw Chelsea in for good measure. I wouldn't go beyond that. Brookline merging into Boston would never happen.
That's interesting, I feel like Brookline has more in common with it's abutting Boston neighborhoods than Cambridge or Somerville. Crossing the Charles, things have a different feel. But Brookline to me feels more like Boston with the brownstones, wealth and general vibe.
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Old 04-17-2015, 02:18 PM
 
Location: USA
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Boston and Cambridge, MA
Portland and South Portland, ME
Hartford and West Hartford, CT
Norfolk and Virginia Beach, VA
Tampa and St Petersburg, FL
Shreveport and Bossier City, LA
Little Rock and North Little Rock, AR
Moore and Oklahoma City, OK
Iowa City and Coralville, IA
Moline and East Moline, IL
Mesa and Chandler, AZ?
Fremont and Union City, CA
Bellevue and Seattle, WA
Providence and East Providence, RI
Burlington and Winooski, VT
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Old 04-17-2015, 09:02 PM
 
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There's a pretty clear east/west split along I93 of those "just north of Boston" cities... I think Cambridge/Somerville and MAYBE Medford could be merged, and separately Chelsea/Revere/Everett/Malden could be merged; but trying to combine the two would be a disaster.

I think combining Utica and Rome, NY might create enough critical mass to get something positive going for those cities. I also think that the NYS Capital cities could be merged. I never understood why Albany and Troy were separated.
Merging any two town in New England would be a disaster, there would probably be a civil war if Boston tried to annex (read: occupy) its suburbs.
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Old 04-17-2015, 09:09 PM
 
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Limiting myself to large and/or notable cities

San Francisco and Oakland

Dallas, Forth Worth, and Arlington

A greater DC with Virginia and Maryland contributing the suburban areas to the District of Columbia. Practically this would end upsets rotini Maryland as by most measures as central Maryland would end up sucked into DC. I would use this as the perfect time to create the new state of Delmarva in the east while the western counties could vote to join Virginia, West Virginia, or Pennsylvania.
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Old 04-17-2015, 09:13 PM
 
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Birmingham and Bessemer. (And tarrant, Brighton, Lipscomb, midfield and Fairfield)

All of these are adjacent, have the same demographics and the smaller ones are barely able to provide services because of tiny tax bases.
No Hoover, Pelham, Gardendale, and so on?
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Old 04-17-2015, 09:20 PM
 
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I see a trend.

Outside of your area, lots of cities come to mind as logical candidates for consolidation.

Inside your area, every individual city is a special snowflake that is far too different from its neighbors to be combined with any other city.

It is the same as when people talk about which states could be combined.
States don't need to be combined so much divided and recombined to new arrangements. When you look at states where one city comprises more than a third of the population, from a fairness stand point it probably makes sense to split the state so that its government doesn't simply begin to exist solely to serve the purposes of one city.
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Old 04-17-2015, 09:22 PM
 
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and Winchester. Really Las Vegas should annex them.
How does Henderson get left out of this?
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Old 04-17-2015, 09:25 PM
 
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Albuquerque and South Valley, NM
El Paso, TX and Ciudad Juarez, CH (my fantasy US annexation of Chihuahua, which is unlikely to ever happen)
The Metroplex (what are the consequences of what I just typed?)
Gallup and Gamerco, NM (for Gamerco's sake)
No to Chihuahua unless they change the name.
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Old 04-17-2015, 09:56 PM
 
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All of the super tiny municipalities in North St. Louis County (Velda Village Hills, Pasadena Hills/Park, Pagedale, Normandy, etc.) need to merge into one large "Normandy" with one unified police force rather than the tons of fractured ones they have right now. That will go a long way towards helping poverty and lower QoL in that area by consolidating services.
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