I've been wondering lately, particularly as the region grows over time, if there will ever come a point in which it would make sense to formally separate the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington MSA into two MSAs consisting of the current Metropolitan Divisions (Dallas-Irving-Plano and Fort Worth-Arlington)? Would the advantages outweigh the disadvantages? Will this ever be a practical possibility that could realistically be entertained by leadership in the region? Would there be anything to gain or lose simply by proposing the idea in the first place?
It has been done (on a smaller scale) recently in 2000, where the U.S. Census split the Raleigh-Durham MSA into two separate MSAs consisting of the Raleigh MSA and the Durham MSA. There's an interesting article published by Durham's CVB for why it is justified: http://www.dcvb-nc.c...NDIVIDUALLY.pdf