A storied Kentucky town ‘dissolves’, others may follow


Publish Date:
July 25, 2022
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Thirty-eight states currently allow towns to disincorporate. It’s a severe action, though more common than is often thought, according to a report by Dr. Michelle Wilde Anderson, a professor at Stanford Law School. In her research, Anderson notes the twentieth century saw the creation of thousands of cities, and many, like Blackey, were built around industry and population growth patterns that have since shifted. Cities and towns go the path of dissolution because s revenues simply aren’t keeping up with community needs, like this West Virginia town that couldn’t afford to repair its water system.

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