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Excerpt from Oral History Interview with Stanford Raynold Brookshire, August 18, 1975. Interview B-0067. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) See Entire Interview >>

Evaluating the failure of the consolidation effort

Brookshire assesses the failure of the effort to consolidate Charlotte's and Mecklenburg County's public services. The lack of conflict and crisis, along with the promise of a restructured local government, hampered the consolidation effort.

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Oral History Interview with Stanford Raynold Brookshire, August 18, 1975. Interview B-0067. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007) in the Southern Oral History Program Collection, Southern Historical Collection, Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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BILL MOYE:
Was there a particular crisis? Seems that, perhaps, the watersewer between the city-county might have had something to do with it?
STANFORD RAYNOLD BROOKSHIRE:
No, really I don't think there was any such crisis. I'll add that if there had been it might have provided a better background for a successful effort.
BILL MOYE:
You think that one problem in getting the consolidation was that you didn't have some particular problem that you could point to and say, "This is really a crisis for us, and we need to..."
STANFORD RAYNOLD BROOKSHIRE:
I would say that the absence of any crisis, any real problem, or any great dissatisfaction on the part of the citizens toward local government...The absence of those things was largely responsible, or at least partially responsible for the failure of it. The second important factor that contributed to failure, in my opinion, was the fact that the Charter Commission, while they worked assiduously, worked hard, came up with a program that was just over-programed. It was too much too much of a change, too much modernization, too different from what we had in the way of local government for people to buy. It was not a plain merger. It was a reorganization.