Wednesday, November 19, 2008

84% Back Regionalism

In our latest poll, 84% backed Virginia Beach looking at a regionalist approach to local issues.

15% wanted to go-it-alone, but that's a dinosaur that demographic changes will eclipse. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, fewer Whites lived in Virginia Beach in 2007 than in 1990. What population growth we had during those 17 years was entirely minority, mostly former Norfolk and Portsmouth residents. Given their ties to their former communities, there's a different mindset towards Regionalism. Despite the futile efforts of some VBTAers to cobble together an artificial Virginia Beach-Chesapeake MSA (in an attempt to secede from the region), Virginia Beach policy will become further fixed westward (not southwestward) with time. Regionalism is a historic inevitability.

The new poll question: which date do you prefer for Virginia Beach City Council elections?

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