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Old 01-01-2019, 01:38 PM
 
Location: New Mexico
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I see that there will be (yet another) proposal to merge St. Louis City with St. Louis County. The two have been separate entities since about 1876 when St. Louis City became an independent "county' of its own. In hindsight, from 2019, that was a bad idea regardless of what immediate benefits there might have been at the time. The city's growth was artificially stymied by the county boundary. The city became the 4th largest in the country for a time but metro growth spread far beyond the city limits and transportation advances allowed the population to drift out of the city. It is already permanently hemmed in on the east by the Mississippi River and Illinois boundary but growth spread that direction as well.

What has been the experience of other places that have gone through a similar merger? I think Nashville and Indianapolis might have done something similar but there could be others as well.
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Old 01-01-2019, 02:17 PM
 
Location: Miami-Jax
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Nashville, Indy, Louisville and Jacksonville are the big ones I believe.

Jax happened a long time ago, late 60s I wanna say, so there's a lot of debate about exactly what the consequences and ramifications have been. It might be a different scenario for STL now that white flight is a thing of the past (at least in the sense of what it was before) and gentrification/infill has been the trend over the last decade.
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Old 01-01-2019, 09:55 PM
 
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Augusta-Richmond County in GA is another such merger. I believe it has been around for about 25 years or so.

Macon-Bibb County is another merger in GA and occurred within the past few years.
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Old 01-01-2019, 11:17 PM
 
Location: Jersey City
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There were a few in southeastern Virginia in the 2nd half of the 20th Century.

Virginia Beach merged with Princess Anne County in 1963.
The city of South Norfolk merged with Norfolk County to form the independent city of Chesapeake also in 1963.
Suffolk merged with Nansemond County in 1974.
Newport News merged with Warwick County in 1958.
Hampton merged with Elizabeth City County in 1952.
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Old 01-02-2019, 04:25 AM
 
Location: Downtown Phoenix, AZ
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In a different type of case, Massachusetts dissolved their county governments around 20 years ago or so
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Old 01-02-2019, 04:28 AM
 
Location: Downtown Phoenix, AZ
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A big one was Toronto, Canada, which after a referendum in 1997, annexed the adjacent suburbs in Metropolitan Toronto Regional Municipality (de facto Toronto County); and the city of Toronto became co terminus with the Regional Municipality
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Old 01-02-2019, 06:51 AM
 
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Louisville - Jefferson County
Lexington (KY) - Fayette County
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Old 01-02-2019, 10:31 AM
 
Location: New Mexico
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Apparently, there are several ways that this has been done. The last time heard, St. Louis was surrounded by 96 small municipalities that had their own police forces and city administrations. There are a dozen or more school districts. There is still a considerable amount of unincorporated residential neighborhood areas under county jurisdiction. How all of this gets reorganized (or not) under the new plan remains to be seen.

I am assuming that the state legislature will have a vote on this issue and with the perpetual rural vs. city warfare in Missouri, it might die an ugly death if it gets that far.
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Old 01-02-2019, 10:55 AM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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Broomfield City/County, Colorado, was created in November of 2001 after voters passed a constitutional amendment in 1998. It's the smallest county in Colorado.

It was pushed because the city of Broomfield straddled 4 separate counties (Boulder, Jefferson, Adams, and Weld). If you were one of the unlucky ones who lived in the Adams or Weld County part your county courthouse was 20 or 50 miles away, respectively.
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Old 01-02-2019, 01:29 PM
 
Location: The City
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Philadelphia many many years ago merged with Philadelphia county so today the county and city are the same. The old city of Philadelphia used to be only 1sq mile by 1 sq mile with places like Northern Liberties, Southwark, Spring Garden all being their own places. odd fact in 1800 all for townships (now sort of the extended center city were among the 6 or 7 or 8 most populated places in US, Philly was actually larger than NYC at that point which would never be seen again
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