Javert Rovinski, on Jul 30 2003, 11:17 AM, said:
Would this hypothetical rancher receive his own district?
No, probably I would assert that he and several other undistricted ranchers form a community of sorts, and I'd represent them as such.
I don't think that is true.
Big cities tend to get broken down into smaller neighborhoods. I grew up in New York City. More specifically, Brooklyn. Even more specifically than that, Flatbush. My state senator was state senator over the section of Flatbush that I lived in, as well as a section of Midwood (another brooklyn neighborhood.) Only - it was plain as day that these two neighborhoods had nothing in common and would not frequently want the same things. The most classic expression of this was that the senator ran a concert series -one each for each half of his district. There was no meeting place for the two - they were two totally separate communities, with totally different interests.
I don't know about Houston, having next to no information about it. But as far as other big cities I've visited, Pittsburgh, Philly, Los Angeles, and even some SMALL cities - Binghamton, Syracuse, Camden - neighborhoods had just as much identity recognition as the city itself.
Edited by QueenTiye, 31 July 2003 - 03:18 AM.