Ch. 13.7 Fragmented Government
Urban Areas have a large number of local governments.
Cities tradionally grew through annexation, which is the process of legally adding land to a city. As U.S. cities grew rapidly in the nineteenth century, legal boundaries were frequently changing to accommodate newly developed areas.
The number of local governments exceeds 20,000 throughout the United States. The fragmentation of local governments in the Detroit area has wealthier suburbs surrounding an impoverished city of Detroit. Strong metropolitan governments have been established in few places located in the US.