It has never actually occurred to me to leave it to Harry Kollatz to make the best, most succinct statement on regionalism I've heard to-date.
"The Dillon Rule tradition must die. Enough of playing “Mother, May I” with the General Assembly," Kollatz writes in the latest issue of Richmond Magazine as part of the "Richmond Magazine Regional Reality Check."
The older, first-ring suburbs of Henrico and Chesterfield are seeing the same decline that the city experienced during the 1960s and 1970s when both the white and black middle class left the city. Today, just more than 50 percent of the region’s residents living in poverty are in Henrico and Chesterfield, whereas the city historically used to have the higher concentration.
“This is why regionalism is critical,” University of Richmond urban-planning scholar John Moeser says. “Poverty and affordable housing aren’t just a city problem anymore. Capital projects are good, but building buildings doesn’t address the issues of employment, job training and education."