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Talking Regionalism

Posted by whforums on October 14, 2008

During the very short life of this blog, I’ve posted about “Regionalism” a few times (most obviously here), but whenever I’ve posted about it, it’s been out of some sort of impulse — a gut sense that it’s the right solution (backed by some reading), but without semblance of a way to begin to think about how to implement regional solutions to local and regional problems.

That’s why I was grateful for this weekend’s editorial in the Courant, which lays out a pretty strong case for both the “whys” and “hows” of regional solutions.

I’m even more grateful for Amy Bergquist’s blog, which has a great post about the editorial and which encourages conversation about regionalism as an idea. The post is a must click in the “regionalism conversation,” and may provide a useful common ground for constructive conversation (yes, that means from you) that challenges how we define ourselves as towns, as cities, and as a “metropolitan” area.

We can bicker all we want about taxes and budgets, but in the end, we need to recenter our conversation around the greater social problems (read: poverty, segregation and their consequences) our area faces and the responsibilities each of us has in light of those problems. The post on Amy’s blog may provide a touchstone to refocus ourselves after a bitter budget debate that, in context, not only appears more symptomatic than problematic, but allows us to too easily become complacent in the face of our contemporary ethical crises.

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2 Responses to “Talking Regionalism”

  1. R.Paine said

    Yesterday’s blog about the Courant’s article on Regionalism made me think about who elst would benefit if it were to come about. I think that it could be a great boon to our state & municipal employee’s unions. They could save millions if they only had to negotiate with say 6 or 7 Super Regional Governments instead of 169 separate towns. The only down side might be that they would have to reduce their staff and force these ex union workers to seek employment in the private sector. That would be a tough assignment given their background and work experience. They might even be forced to sit on the wrong side of the table. How awkward would that be? We can only hope for the best, perhaps some social engineering could solve this small glitch.

  2. Google’s Blog alert sent me to this post because of the term “regionalism.” This article should be useful to the subscribers of Regional Community Development News, so I will include a link to it in the October 22 issue. It can be found at
    http://regional-communities.blogspot.com/ Please visit, check the tools and consider a link. Tom

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