Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Another American Question.

I just read that New Boston, Michigan is an ‘unincorporated community.’ What on earth is an unincorporated community? Does that mean it hasn’t floated on the stock exchange yet?


andrea kiss said...


My hometown is an unincorporated community. The area i live in is called the Tri-Cities area because the cities of Kingsport, where i live, Johnson City, and Bristol are all in very close proximity to one another. There are all sorts of small towns surrounding these three cities and over the years some have been incorporated and are now considered within city limits and are technically no longer their own little town... awkward working there... for example the town of Boones Creek has been incorporated into Johnson City and is now just referred to as Johnson City. The citizens now pay city taxes and get city benefits, like garbage pickup and the schools are now city schools with additional funding rather than county schools.

Often when a town comes up for consideration for incorporation there are a lot of people who are pro incorporation and a lot of people who get up in arms about it which results in several meetings at City Hall.

I usually oppose incorporation in some areas because after they become incorporated a lot of the more rural areas and "undeveloped" properties are sold and become what were once beautiful fields or forests but are now needless strip malls and fast food restaurants.

andrea kiss said...

*awkward wording there*

JJ Beazley said...

Thank you, Andrea. Got it now, although I think it indicates a difference in what you might call 'civic perception' between America and Britain. We would never think to define a place with a term that means 'not within the boundaries of a nearby city.'

andrea kiss said...

I'm not sure but i think it mostly applies to those towns in the suburbs and not so much to those that are more rural and not close by any cities, big or small.