Vanderbilt Law Review


Daniel R. Grant

First Page



At a time when our leading popular magazines are featuring cover headlines on "The Sick, Sick Cities," and articles on their"Battle for Survival" it seems appropriate to examine some old and new issues concerning the relationship of metropolitan problems to local government structure. The journalists who write such articles probably hear a great deal about the frustrating legal and political obstacles to achieving more rational forms of government for our exploding, strife-torn metropolitan areas. They probably do not hear, however, that political scientists are divided on such questions as the reality of "metropolitan-type" problems and the feasibility of area-wide metropolitan government. It is the purpose of this article to take an analytical and somewhat reflective view of these older problems and arguments in the light of recent developments.