Moeser on Regionalism

The RTD has a great opinion from John Moeser (senior fellow in the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement at the University of Richmond and professor emeritus of urban studies and planning at Virginia Commonwealth University) on the topic of regionalism. It’s not necessarily Fan specific, but certainly includes thoughts that bear on the Fan as well as the Richmond region’s future as a whole.

A sample:

The status quo has built up enormous inertia over the decades, particularly since the early 1950s when cars, highways, the Federal Housing Administration, and public housing tore our cities asunder, splitting wealth from poverty, black from white, public school from private school, and job demand from labor supply.
Virginia’s metropolitan areas are beset with localism that jealously guards assets and walls off deficits. This small-scale nationalism blocks any measure deemed controversial. What will it take to get us unstuck?

Part of the solution:

Whenever citizens press for change, they often prevail. The old maxim is true: When the people lead, the leaders will follow.


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