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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Naif Abu-Swiss, an independent city councillor, insists that things are changing. The Economist, "Israel’s Arab citizens could hold the key to political change," 5 Sep. 2019 The independent city auditor position was designed to be a decade-long position to avoid interference from political leaders. San Diego Union-Tribune, "San Diego council member proposes measure to take away mayor’s ability to nominate city auditor," 25 July 2019 The 10-year independent city auditor position was created in the wake of a city financial crisis in the early and mid-2000s, when unfunded pension obligations nearly bankrupted the city. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Longtime City Hall staffer may become San Diego auditor after national search," 6 July 2019 Hong Kong, a former British colony, is a quasi-independent city-state. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Hong Kong’s leader apologizes again but won’t pull controversial extradition bill," 18 June 2019 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

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1911, in the meaning defined above

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