Urban secession is a city's Secession from its surrounding region, to form a new political unit (usually a state or district or province of the same country as its surroundings, but not always). It is the extreme form of Urban Autonomy, which can be expressed in less formal terms or with ordinary legislation such as a City Charter... Secession (the setup of entirely new legislative and executive entities) is advocated by certain Urban theorists, notably Jane Jacobs, as the only way to deal politically with these vast differences in culture between modern cities and even their nearest Suburb-s and essential watersheds. As she says: "Cities that wish to thrive in the next century must separate politically from their surrounding regions." She rejects the lesser "Charter" and less formal solutions, arguing the full structure of real regional government is necessary, and applied to the urban area alone. In particular she rejects the idea that suburban regions should have any say over the rules in the city: they have left it, and aren't part of it. http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urban_secession
- I'm surprised that Jane Jacobs would say this, given her writings on the coherence of a City Region which includes not only its Suburb-s but even Hinter Land-s.
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