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Excerpt from the report summary: Local governments in once rural communities respond to urban growth over time by adopting new and expanded services, and by changing their patterns of finance and administration. Areas undergoing the most rapid process of urbanization generally experience the most rapid innovations in government. However, the governmental changes are not automatic nor immediate; a political process operates to translate the conditions of urbanization into new public activities. These findings emerge from a comparative study of three Michigan townships extending westward from Lansing and included in that core city's metropolitan area. From 1950 to 1964, the most urban of these three communities initiated the greatest number of changes in its local governmental programs, structure, finance, and administration.

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