The Shrinking Uncity

One of the major reasons Sacramento County is unable to take care of the Parkway, and a reason underlying why we have called for daily management of the Parkway to be contracted to a nonprofit conservancy, is that the County is rapidly dwindling in size and resources.

In a Bee editorial yesterday, the shrinking County is addressed again.

If all of the incorporations of new cities that are now being planned in the County occur, and many of them will, the County will eventually consist of Carmichael and Antelope, period.

While that is a good thing in the sense of those municipalities wanting control over their own destiny having it, it is a very bad thing for the Parkway as long as the County is responsible for Parkway management, as the Parkway is already at the bottom of a County funding priority list of an ever-shrinking pie of tax revenue.

Editorial: Uncities left behind
Incorporation bids overlook big territories
Published 2:15 am PST Wednesday, November 16, 2005

The Uncity, the unincorporated communities of Sacramento, have never seen such a simultaneous flurry to leave the county’s control and create cities of their own.

In the communities of Rio Linda and Elverta, activists are halfway to raising the necessary funds for a feasibility study of a 25,000-person city. In Arden-Arcade, a collection of neighborhoods encompassing Fulton and Eastern avenues, activists continue their efforts toward a possible vote in 2008 to create a city of 100,000. And in Orangevale, Fair Oaks and Gold River, hundreds of residents are attending forums to explore whether to jointly create yet a third new city.

All of these efforts are similar in that they trace the local geographic boundaries that fit the desired local and economic identity. But the boundaries pose a problem. It is what they leave out. While we support municipalization of the Uncity, a bunch of minicities isn’t the optimal solution.

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About David H Lukenbill

I am a native of Sacramento, as are my wife and daughter. I am a consultant to nonprofit organizations, and have a Bachelor of Science degree in Organizational Behavior and a Master of Public Administration degree, both from the University of San Francisco. We live along the American River with two cats and all the wild critters we can feed. I am the founding president of the American River Parkway Preservation Society and currently serve as the CFO and Senior Policy Director. I also volunteer as the President of The Lampstand Foundation, a nonprofit organization I founded in 2003.
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