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Managing Urban Growth: The Metropolitan Council's Politics and Performance.

Johnson, William C.

The Metropolitan Council was created just over thirty years ago to guide the growth of the Twin Cities metropolitan areas. Has it succeeded? The conclusions from a much longer study--Growth Management in the Twin Cities Region (CURA 1998)--are presented in this 1999 article. Johnson discusses the Council's role as a broker between various urban interests, examines its record of accomplishments, looks at how it has helped establish a climate of cooperation among governments, points out the challenges of having the metropolitan area now extend beyond the Council's 1960s boundaries, discusses the limits to the Council's power, and outlines what kinds of influence the council does have. Five questions are raised that will determine the future of the council.

CURA Reporter
Publication date: 
Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
Prepared after author's year as a Visiting Scholar at CURA.
29 (3): 14-18.
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CURA call number: 
Reporter 29 (3)