Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Atlanta University (AU)

Degree Name



Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. William Boone


This research was an update of Tobe Johnson's 1972 study, Metropolitan Government: A Black Analytical Perspective, which identified some of the problems that regional agencies would encounter and present.

Regionalism is the latest currency of urban reformation and its manifestation has occurred along pragmatic lines. Local governments have handled urban problems in terms of liabilities and assets. Political collaboration or regionalism has been conditioned by the perception that the benefits must outweigh the costs that are related to social issues, racial issues and the impact on political autonomy. Therefore, regional planning is defined in political terms.

While regionalism has its unique specificity in the Atlanta region, it is simUltaneously national in scope and interdependent and interrelated at the national, state and local levels of government. The national government has orchestrated a piecemeal and curative effort to help local areas solve problems on an area-wide or regional basis.

The state of Georgia and other southern states used regional planning agencies as a component of the growth strategy to close the economic gap between the nation and the region. The Georgia General Assembly created a regional planning agency in the Atlanta area prior to and without federal incentive or assistance. However, the national government has influenced the focus of regional solutions in the Atlanta area.

The focus on physical solutions for urban problems in Atlanta have also been established by the values and realities of the power distribution pattern and the majoritarian society. While physical solutions are economic stimulants that raise the issue of compatibility in the region, they will not solely solve the comprehensive problems confronting the black community in Atlanta.