As a writer, philosopher and leader, Jefferson was able to hard-wire an anti-urban bias into the culture of the United States. Consider the U.S. Constitution. What power does it give to cities and towns? None, nada, zip. In fact, the Constitution doesn’t even mention cities and towns. It does give a lot of power to states. And states get more power — through representatives — by increasing their population.
I had no idea. Hat tip to Inman. What would Mr. Jefferson think of the C’Ville area now?
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Wait a minute. TJ wasn’t responsible for Dillons Rule. In New England, towns have practically all the power.