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Old 01-29-2010, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Los Altos Hills, CA
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Interesting take.

My Word: Cut costs by combining Fremont, Union City, Newark into a new city - Inside Bay Area
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Old 01-29-2010, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Pleasanton, CA
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It's never going to happen. They call it the "Tri-City" area for a reason...residents have wanted them to be separate cities. If it was ever going to be one city, it would've been done long ago. Fremont was created from five separate towns. Union City residents wanted to keep their own community separate and intact. Newark did as well, and is completely surrounded by Fremont on all sides. Creating a bigger government entity to control a much larger area of land would probably not fix anything at all.
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Old 01-29-2010, 12:34 PM
 
Location: California
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There are several areas in the Bay Area that are like this; Lamorinda (Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda) and the Tri-Valley (Dublin, Pleasanton, Livermore). Sometimes there are no natural boundries to seperate one city from the other, sometimes it's just a road or a freeway. And with development there can be lots of gray areas when it comes to where one city stops and another starts. I know there have been school districts that cross city boundries before. And some even share public services.
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Old 01-29-2010, 01:46 PM
 
Location: Northridge, Los Angeles, CA
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When's the last time any municipality in the Bay Area was willing to give up their autonomy to combine into a bigger entity? I can actually see these already small cities split up into more cities (like Warm Springs and Mission San Jose in Fremont) WAY BEFORE these cities combine.

Can you imagine though? If they combined, they'd have a population nearing Oakland's.

Like I've repeated before, I think regional coordination along the County Level (like NY's boroughs) is the best way of governance, instead of this weird balkanization going on in the Bay Area.
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