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Old 11-14-2017, 04:00 PM
Location: Tokyo, Japan
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North American cities that would be better off if they were Cantons?

A Canton is a small administrative jurisdiction that is separate from counties, states, regions and the like. A Canton is basically like a City-State but doesn't have the independence of being its own country the way city-states do. Cantons are apart of a much larger country but administratively it governs itself and does not depend on any state, county, or the like to govern it. I'm not comparing anywhere in North America with it since that's not the purpose of the City-vs-City forum, just using it as an example that people may be able to relate to but Dubai is a canton. While Dubai is apart of the United Arab Emirates as a city, it is given special administrative capacities to govern itself its own way under the sheikh there. It can set its own laws and it can be apart of the global commerce more through a more capitalistic economic system than elsewhere in the UAE. It can control its own immigration policies, separate from the UAE. It has the power to shape those sort of things for itself.

Hopefully that example should give an idea of what a canton is and how it is able to function.

So the next step would be to ask what North American cities would stand to benefit so much more if they had a canton-like set-up where they could live free of state regulations or the complex hierarchal command order between counties, states, and the federal government. I suppose the North American cities that would be the best suited answer to the question would be those cities that struggle to co-exist in a mutually beneficial way with the counties or states that they are in.

This thread is for places in the United States, Canada, or Mexico.
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