I’ve been reading through the City of Peoria’s new draft Comprehensive Plan and started despairing when I hit page 51:
The density of the population of Peoria in the mid Twentieth Century will not return. The current demand by the majority of the population is for larger residential lots, more space between neighbors, and [...]
The date is November 21, 1964. The voters are going to the polls to decide whether Peoria should annex Richwoods Township. The voters approve annexation by a slim margin: only 336 votes.
But let’s do a little thought experiment, just for fun. Suppose that vote had gone the other way. Suppose the annexation vote [...]
Many scoff at the idea people would want to abandon suburban life for a more urban setting, but researchers are noticing a trend in just that direction. If these forecasts are true, what will the ramifications be for all those low-density developments on the fringe of town? Here’s an article from Atlantic Monthly that [...]
The Journal Star reported yesterday that some residents just north of Peoria are trying to preempt annexation to Peoria by annexing themselves to Dunlap. Not a bad idea. Peoria’s population keeps moving north, and the city keeps chasing them via annexation:
For Peoria, annexation is simply following the bread crumbs of development.
Pat Landes, [...]
We always hear that annexation is good for the city because it’s “capturing” the growth just outside municipal borders. But there’s another hypothesis out there as to why municipal employees might be so gung-ho for more annexation — higher wages.
In an article originally published in 1987 for the journal “Public Choice,” Rodolfo [...]
Crusens wantsÂ their newly-acquiredÂ Hunts property at the corner of Farmington and Park roadsÂ to be annexed to West Peoria.Â To do that, they have to get permission from the City of Peoria to disconnect from the city.Â City of Peoria staff recommends denying that request, so Crusens asked for a one-week deferment.
After some acrimonious comments [...]
During the latest annexation of 715 acres, I heard more than one media outlet describe it as “the largest annexation since the city added Richwoods Township.” I wasn’t even born yet when Peoria annexed Richwoods Township, so that meant nothing to me, but I figured it must have been a big addition of land.”Big” [...]