“We recommend that the 1967 Legislature create a Metropolitan Council directly elected by popular vote of the people, to solve the pressing area wide governmental problems of the Twin Cities area in a coordinated manner. The council would be responsible only for those area-wide functions and services, which cannot be handled adequately by municipalities and counties and which are specifically assigned to the council by the Legislature.”

The 48-year history of the Metropolitan Council began with this paragraph in a 58-page Citizens League recommendation calling for a new level of metropolitan governance, but is the council, today, what the league intended in its 1967 recommendations? Read the paragraph again, and then carefully consider the following:

John Diers is a Prior Lake resident who spent 40 years working in the transit industry and author of “Twin Cities by Trolley: The Streetcar Era in Minneapolis and St. Paul” and “St. Paul Union Depot.” To submit questions or topics for community columnists, email editor@plamerican.com. (Editor’s note: Diers is a community columnist and not employed by, or paid by, the newspaper.)

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