New Jersey's Multiple Municipal Madness

ISBN-10: 0813525667
ISBN-13: 9780813525662
Edition: 1998
Authors: Alan J. Karcher
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Description: This is a critical look at how and why the boundary lines of New Jersey's 566 municipalities were drawn, pointing to the irrationality of these divisions. The author examines the history and high cost of New Jersey's multiple municipalities.

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Book details

List price: $30.95
Copyright year: 1998
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication date: 10/1/1998
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 254
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.990

This is a critical look at how and why the boundary lines of New Jersey's 566 municipalities were drawn, pointing to the irrationality of these divisions. The author examines the history and high cost of New Jersey's multiple municipalities.

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Background and Case Studies
Motivations for Municipal Multiplication in New Jersey; or, What Moved the Hands that Drew the Lines
Historical Context of Municipal Creation
Case Study of Perth Amboy's South Ward
Shrewsbury: The Incredible Shrinking Township
Specific Issues that Cause Division
Municipalities Created by Street Fights
Railroad Towns: Jerkwater Depots and Real Suburbs
School-District Boroughs: Local Control as a Religion
Dry Towns versus Wet Towns: Drawing the Line at Abstinence
Exclusive Enclaves: The Pre-Zoning Prophylactic
Happy, Sad, and Interesting Origins
Factors Thwarting Consolidation and Case Studies of the Largest Cities
The Effects of New Jersey's Anti-Urban Bias
Perth Amboy and Burlington: Capital Cities that Did Not Capitalize
Camden: The Missed Opportunities
Newark: The Mistakes
Jersey City: The Exploited Victim
Correcting Yesterday's Mistakes: Is It Possible?
Once the Municipal Multiplication Madness Stopped
Reasons for Change
Some Suggested Solutions
Conclusion
Bibliography
Index

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