Monday, November 19, 2007

The future of Hampton Roads is...a regional dictatorship?

The Future of Hampton Roads, an all self-appointed business group, has churned out a set of papers dubbed "The Regionalist Papers." In them you can read "the business community" plans for our future. The papers are at

Please read the one on governance structure. FHR dismisses the more democratic alternatives to push for an appointed "Metropolitan Council" that would do many of the functions now held by our city governments.

I believe the five cities of South Hampton Roads will consolidate within 30 years, and the consolidation agreement can be drafted in a manner to produce a more resident-friendly government than what we have currently. However, such plans as the FHR dictatorship must be resisted if the people are to be free.

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