New Jersey's Multiple Municipal Madness / Edition 1

New Jersey's Multiple Municipal Madness / Edition 1

by Alan Karcher, Alan J. Karcher
     
 


Alan Karcher looks at the history and high cost of New Jersey's multiple municipalities. He investigates the economic considerations, political pressures, and personal agendas that created the bizarre configurations dividing the Garden State, while analyzing the public policies that allowed and even encouraged the formation of new municipalities. Karcher also… See more details below

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Alan Karcher looks at the history and high cost of New Jersey's multiple municipalities. He investigates the economic considerations, political pressures, and personal agendas that created the bizarre configurations dividing the Garden State, while analyzing the public policies that allowed and even encouraged the formation of new municipalities. Karcher also examines the political dynamics that thwarted every effort of New Jersey metropolises to join the front ranks of major American cities.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813525662
Publisher:
Rutgers University Press
Publication date:
01/17/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
254
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.53(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Pt. IBackground and Case Studies
1Motivations for Municipal Multiplication in New Jersey: or, What Moved the Hands that Drew the Lines9
2Historical Context of Municipal Creation15
3Case Study of Perth Amboy's South Ward19
4Shrewsbury: The Incredible Shrinking Township33
Pt. IISpecific Issues that Cause Division
5Municipalities Created by Street Fights47
6Railroad Towns: Jerkwater Depots and Real Suburbs61
7School-District Boroughs: Local Control as a Religion75
8Dry Towns versus Wet Towns: Drawing the Line at Abstinence89
9Exclusive Enclaves: The Pre-Zoning Prophylactic101
10Happy, Sad, and Interesting Origins112
Pt. IIIFactors Thwarting Consolidation and Case Studies of the Largest Cities
11The Effects of New Jersey's Anti-Urban Bias133
12Perth Amboy and Burlington: Capital Cities that Did Not Capitalize145
13Camden: The Missed Opportunities154
14Newark: The Mistakes164
15Jersey City: The Exploited Victim177
Pt. IVCorrecting Yesterday's Mistakes: Is It Possible?
16Once the Municipal Multiplication Madness Stopped193
17Reasons for Change203
18Some Suggested Solutions211
Conclusion219
Bibliography223
Index229

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