CITIES: Metro to Go?

The first U.S. experiment in metropolitan-area government was test-launched in Florida's Dade County 16 months ago, when voters okayed a single "Metro" charter for Miami (pop. 290,000) and 25 satellite municipalities (see map). Urban experts and harassed civic leaders in other states looked up from desperate struggles with their common problem—how to develop unified plans and services throughout a central city and its independent suburbs—to pray for Metro's success. Foreign specialists came to study Metro as they once studied TVA. But, with no politicians to defend it, the new idea became an easy target for its natural political foes....

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