Urban policy expert David Rusk talks about collaboration between city and county in St. Louis

By on December 8, 2017

Editor’s Note: The KWMU website link has a complete podcast of David Rusk’s interview with KWMU’s Don Marsh. 

From St. Louis Public Radio: For the next year, a series of forums will examine the issue of regional collaboration. The Construction Forum St. Louis’ directors aim to discuss what has and hasn’t worked to revitalize a city of St. Louis and St. Louis County merger. The first of the forums featured urban policy expert David Rusk, former Wilson and Brookings Scholar and the previous mayor of Albuquerque.

On Wednesday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh talked with Rusk about opportunities for regional cooperation in the St. Louis area. Rusk is a senior fellow at the D.C. Policy Center.

While in St. Louis, Rusk presented to regional civic leaders in a series of five planned sessions on the subject of regionalism and models of regional collaboration over the next year.

“I know one of the issues here is a renewed effort to talk about ending the ‘great divorce’ between the City of St. Louis and St. Louis County,” Rusk said.

He said the issue is not merging governments, but instead building structures in which local governments work together more often. He said proponents of the merger overlook the potential cons, like incorporating undeveloped lands to struggling resource bases. A second reality is that smaller municipalities don’t get incorporated in the consolidation.

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