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I don't know about LA, but Nashville consolidated city and county government several years before Indianapolis did (see the article on Beverly Briley for more information). There are interesting contrasts to the Indianapolis consolidation: Nashville has only one school district, and only one police force; since the Tennessee constitution apparently assigns certain duties to the county sheriff, Davidson County still has one, but the functions of the sheriff's office are limited to service of warrants and administration of the county jail.

Like Indianapolis, there are still-independent municipalities within Davidson County, some of which have their own police; they do not, however, have separate public schools. (It's worth observing that private schools are more popular in Tennessee than in Indiana, and that the quality of the Nashville public schools is nothing special, although I'd say they're not as bad as IPS. It's also worth noting that the affluent suburbs of Nashville lie in the surrounding counties to a slightly greater extent than do Indy's.)

I understand that Louisville and Jefferson County also chose in a recent election to consolidate government.

I have a question: Los Angeles has a something like a unigov? How? I've lived there nearly my whole life and have never heard of such a thing. Two Halves, who is not logged in and rather confused by all of this

Power consolidation[edit]

How convenient that the Republican Party is mentioned in the article as having benefited from Unigov, but the Peterson administration's spoils from the Indianapolis Works plan are not mentioned...

This article may be served better by mentioning that either way you spin it, Unigov and Indianapolis Works! are being used by the Republican and Democratic parties respectively to consolidate their respective power bases; the Republicans vis a vis Richard Lugar to take advantage of white flight to the townships, and the Democrats vis a vis Bart Peterson to take advantage of the middle class flight to the townships.

Let's not even start with the issues that Lawrence is having that would make it seem as if Deborah Cantwell would love to allow Indianapolis to cede Lawrence back into the mix...and people thought that Tom Schneider was bad for Lawrence....KC9CQJ 02:37, 27 August 2005 (UTC) Drunken, spiteful comment struck from the record. KC9CQJ 02:13, 4 November 2005 (UTC)

'== +++Republican Benefit From Unigov+++ It is well documented that Unigov's largest impact was the shift from Democratic control of city government to Republican dominance, due to integration of the smaller communities and the county at large, where Republicans had always exercised greater control. While the post above takes a political swipe at the summary article, this is empirical fact to any scholar of urban studies, and does not constitute "spin". While it is true that both Democrats and Republicans will use whichever advantage may exist in any particular context, the assertion about Republicans is based in empirical fact, while the evidence provided directly above (i.e. Lawrence) are impressioninstic, providing the only real spin to be found here. =='

Size Before Merge[edit]

What was the physical size of Indy, in square miles, immediately before the merger? I assume it had annexed far beyond its square mile very early on, right? --Criticalthinker (talk) 10:07, 22 March 2010 (UTC)

Good question ! The county is about 400 sq mi, and the "old city limits" as they are called comprised about half that. Will look for authoritative source. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:51, 19 December 2012 (UTC)