independent city


Definition of independent city

: a city in the state of Virginia having a status equivalent to that of a county

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Originating in the independent city-states of late medieval Italy, the term grew out of communities that were politically autonomous and socially diverse but still needed rules with which to govern behavior. Mark Archer, WSJ, "‘In Pursuit of Civility’ Review: Comity and Tragedy," 19 July 2018 Of the 41 independent cities in the country, 38 are in Virginia. Washington Post, "2 cities share name, but 1 is in big trouble," 6 July 2018 Singapore is an independent city-state on the southern tip of the Malay Peninsula. Marina Pitofsky, USA TODAY, "What time will Trump and Kim meet in Singapore?," 6 June 2018 Their real purpose was to fulfill the leader’s wish for his own independent city. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "How the group at the center of the Netflix documentary Wild, Wild Country lost control in Oregon," 12 Apr. 2018 An independent city agency that reviews complaints against police has found that four Baltimore officers used excessive force in the 2015 shooting of a suspect, Keith Davis Jr., and his attorneys are now calling for his charges to be dismissed. Jessica Anderson,, "Civilian Review Board says Baltimore Police officers used excessive force in shooting suspect," 10 Apr. 2018 In the independent city of Fredericksburg, a small urban county equivalent in Virginia that is home to a branch of the Lifepoint Church, the number of people who attend religious services in the county is nearly double the county’s total population. Samuel Stebbins, USA TODAY, "The most religious counties of every state in the U.S.," 13 Mar. 2018 November 2013: Gardendale residents vote to fund an independent city school system by increasing the city's property tax by 5 mills. Kent Faulk,, "Timeline: Gardendale's failed pursuit of school system," 2 Mar. 2018 There were no mismatches at all or fewer than 10 in the majority of the state's 133 counties and independent cities. Kim Soffen, Washington Post, "Thousands of Virginians may have voted in the wrong state House districts," 9 Jan. 2018

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1911, in the meaning defined above

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